Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli forces in West Bank

Palestine's health ministry identified the man who had been killed as Badawi Masalmeh

Israeli soldiers patrol the streets of downtown Hebron. Jamal Aruri
Israeli soldiers patrol the streets of downtown Hebron. Jamal Aruri

Israeli soldiers shot an 18-year-old Palestinian man dead after he threw a fire-bomb at a car in the West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The army said it was carrying out operations in the area to prevent militant attacks when they saw three Palestinians throwing petrol bombs at an Israeli car travelling on a nearby road.

The troops then opened fire and saw that one suspect had been hit, the military said in a statement. The two other suspects were taken into custody for questioning.

The ministry identified the man who had been killed as Badawi Masalmeh and said that Israeli forces took his body after he died.

Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Much of the West Bank is controlled by the Israeli army and Palestinians have limited self-rule.

Thousands of Palestinians have been protesting a recent US decision to declare Israeli settlements as no longer in violation with international law. But the UN Security Council has on several occasions declared the settlements illegal.

Palestinians believe that the settlements are in breach of the two state solution.

Published: December 1, 2019 05:09 AM

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