SHAFAQNA – Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian during clashes in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron’s al-Arrub refugee camp on Tuesday.
Doctors at al-Mizan hospital in Hebron said the boy, identified as Omar Madi, was shot in the chest during clashes in the camp and was evacuated to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
An Israeli army spokesperson said during “a routine security activity” Israeli soldiers “spotted a number of boys throwing stones at Israeli vehicles at route 60 near al-Arrub refugee camp,” adding that “the soldiers responded with riot dispersal means and shot one of the demonstrators with live fire.”
Locals said Israeli forces shot tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live fire during clashes in the camp.
Al-Arrub refugee camp lies along Route 60, a major West Bank road that Israeli settlers regularly use to reach a cluster of illegal Israeli settlements in Hebron, and the camp has been site to frequent clashes with Israeli military over the past several months.
On Friday, Israeli soldiers killed a 14-year-old Palestinian and detained another young boy along the route.
Madi is one of nearly 170 Palestinians to be killed by Israeli forces or settlers since October.