Israeli forces kill Palestinian minor in West Bank

Israeli forces have opened fire on two Palestinian minors, killing one and injuring the other.

The Palestinian news agency Ma’an said on Friday that Israeli troops targeted two minor Palestinians who reportedly attempted to throw Molotov cocktails at vehicles in the town of Halhul north of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron).

The Israeli military said the two were spotted on Route 60, a highway north of al-Khalil, and one of them was gunned down. The other Palestinian minor was injured and detained in the incident.

Witnesses said they saw a child lying on the ground and another handcuffed and blindfolded. They said Israeli forces then put the slain child into a black bag.

Israelis also prevented paramedics to reach the scene of the shooting, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

The child was identified as 14-year-old Haitham Ismail al-Baw, with his cousin, Wajdi Yusif al-Baw, 12, also involved in the incident.

Al-Khalil and the towns and villages in its vicinity have been a frequent scene of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces since a fresh wave of unrest began in the occupied West Bank in early October 2015. The clashes erupted after Palestinians protested plans by Israelis to change the status quo of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surrounding compound, a highly revered place for the Muslims across the world.

Palestinian sources on Friday reported two more cases of injury as a result of Israeli fire, both in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Over 170 people have been killed and hundreds more have been injured in the clashes across the West Bank, Gaza and East al-Quds (Jerusalem). Israelis say 26 troops and settlers have also been killed over the past few months.


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