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Israel army kills Palestinian teen in Bethlehem: ministry


    Agence France-Presse

Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories   /   Mon, July 23, 2018   /   12:47 pm
Israel army kills Palestinian teen in Bethlehem: ministry Palestinian protestors carry a man, wounded by a rubber bullet, during clashes following a demonstration in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem on Dec. 13, 2017, as protests continue in the region amid anger over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (AFP/Musa Al Shaer)

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager during a raid in the occupied West Bank overnight, the Palestinian health ministry said on Monday.

Arkan Mizher, 15, was shot in the chest during clashes in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank, the ministry said.

His funeral was due to take place later Monday.

The Israeli army said its forces had entered the camp and arrested two people suspected of "terror activity".

"During the operation, a violent riot was instigated in which Palestinians hurled rocks and threw firebombs and grenades at (Israeli) soldiers," the army said in a statement.

Soldiers fired live rounds at the protesters, the statement added.

The camp is in a part of the West Bank supposedly under full Palestinian control but the Israeli army regularly carries out raids in such areas.

It says the operations are necessary to arrest suspects, but they often spark violent clashes with young Palestinians.