Israeli fire kills teen during West Bank clash

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Nablus

Israeli fire killed a 15-year-old Palestinian in the occupied West Bank when clashes erupted after Israeli forces searching for a suspect stormed a refugee camp near Nablus.

The Palestinian health ministry said Imad Khaled Saleh Hashash died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head in the Balata refugee camp.

The Israeli army said it had conducted an overnight operation in the camp to apprehend “a suspect”.

“During the mission, live ammunition was fired at troops from rooftops. The troops responded with fire towards the sources of the shooting,” it said in a statement.

According to the army, rioting then broke out, with residents hurling blocks and other objects from rooftops at Israeli soldiers.

“During the riot, a number of soldiers spotted a suspect on a rooftop holding a large object in his hands, attempting to throw it at an (Israeli) soldier standing underneath the building.

“One of the soldiers responded with live fire and a hit was identified,” the statement added, without commenting directly on the teenager’s death.

A crowd gathered later on Tuesday in Balata for Hashash’s funeral, waving Palestinian flags.

Armed and hooded men from factions including Fatah and Islamic Jihad fired shots into the air, a journalist said.

“A 15-year-old boy, what did he do?” said Khaled Ahmed, a cousin of the victim. “An innocent boy sleeping at home, he heard a shooting in the camp so he went out like everyone else to see what was happening and was shot in the head,” Ahmed said.—AP

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