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Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli forces in West Bank

By AFP - Mar 11,2020 - Last updated at Mar 11,2020

Palestinians mourn the death of Mohammed Hamayel, 15, during his funeral in Bayta village, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, after he was shot dead by Israeli forces during confrontations in the city, the Palestinian health ministry announced (AFP photo)

NABLUS — A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces during confrontations in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry announced.

Mohammed Hamayel, 15, "died as a result of being shot in the face with live ammunition by the [Israeli] occupation" during clashes in Nablus in the northern West Bank, a ministry statement said.

The Israeli froces said a "violent riot" had taken place with roughly 500 Palestinians hurling rocks and setting tyres on fire. 

"We are aware of a report regarding a killed Palestinian and several injured. The incident will be reviewed," an Israeli forces statement said.

An AFP correspondent in Nablus said hundreds of Palestinians had gathered in an area south of the city in response to information that Israeli settlers would arrive and seize some land.

Confrontations broke out from early morning, with Israeli forces firing tear gas, live ammunition and rubber bullets to break up the demonstration.

Some officers were wearing masks seemingly to protect themselves from the coronavirus, an AFP photographer at the scene said.

Official Palestinian news agency Wafa said 17 people were wounded.

Two remained in serious condition, a medical source said.


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