A Palestinian teenager was killed by gunfire from Israeli soldiers during clashes on the sidelines of a protest against settlement in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian sources said.
According to Palestinian sources, A 15-year-old Palestinian was killed by the Israeli army on June 11. Mohammed Said Hmayel, 15, was hit by live ammunition near Nablus during clashes in the village of Beita in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for more than 50 years, the Crescent reported. Palestinian Red.
The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the teenager’s death, adding that six Palestinians were further injured by live ammunition fired by the Israeli army.
The clashes occurred during a demonstration against “the construction by Israel of a settlement near the village” of Beita, the official Palestinian agency Wafa said.
When questioned by AFP, the IDF did not mention the death of the Palestinian but said: “Hundreds of Palestinians rioted, setting tires on fire, throwing stones and setting off fireworks. direction of Israeli soldiers present there, putting them in danger ”.
“The soldiers responded with anti-riot dispersal means and by opening fire in the direction of the rioters,” she said.
On June 10, three Palestinians were killed in the West Bank during an exchange of fire with Israeli forces carrying out an operation to arrest wanted Palestinians in the northern city of Jenin.
Clashes have increased in recent weeks in the West Bank, in the wake of protests in Jerusalem and the 11-day war in May between the Palestinian armed movement Hamas in power in Gaza, Palestinian territory under Israeli blockade, and the Israeli army.
In addition, numerous gatherings are held in the West Bank on Fridays, a weekly day of rest, to protest against the expansion of Israeli settlements, deemed illegal under international law.
These demonstrations are sometimes punctuated by clashes with the Israeli army. About 475,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank, home to more than 2.8 million Palestinians.