Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli forces in West Bank

AFP  /  September 9, 2023

Boy, 16, was killed at entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp near city of Hebron/Al-Khalil.

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager at a refugee camp in the West Bank on Saturday, the Palestinian health ministry said, the latest violent episode to rock the occupied territory.

The ministry identified the teenager as 16-year-old Milad Munther al-Raee. He was killed at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp near the city of Hebron, it said. He was “shot in the back by the occupation [Israeli] bullets”, the ministry said in a statement.

The Israeli military said “terrorists hurled molotov cocktails” at soldiers who were at a military post adjacent to the camp. “The soldiers responded with riot dispersal means and live fire. A hit was identified,” it said in a statement.

WAFA, the Palestinian official news agency, reported that Israeli forces had fired “live bullets and teargas canisters at several young men and children” at the entrance to the camp, adding that the teenager died of his wounds.

Violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has surged since early last year. At least 227 Palestinians have been killed so far this year in violent confrontations.

The bloodshed has also seen 32 Israelis, a Ukrainian and an Italian killed over the same period, according to an AFP tally based on official sources on both sides.

They include, on the Palestinian side, combatants as well as civilians and, on the Israeli side, three members of the Palestinian minority.