Palestinian teenager wounded by Israeli fire in occupied West Bank

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A Palestinian teenager succumbed to his injuries overnight after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank a few hours earlier, Palestinian sources said.

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Mohammad Hamad, 16, was shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers near the village of Silwand, near the northern West Bank city of Ramallah, on Friday night, and succumbed to his injuries a few hours later, he told AFP Silhouette city councilor and Palestinian security sources.

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The Israeli army has not yet commented on the news.

The teenager was near a road leading to the Israeli settlement of Ofra, which borders Silwand, when he was wounded by Israeli soldiers, the councilor explained.

More than 130 Palestinian protesters were injured in clashes that broke out on Friday with Israeli soldiers in various West Bank communities, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Among the wounded are three live ammunition and nine plastic bullets, while the rest were taken to hospitals with respiratory problems due to tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers.

Violent clashes erupted on Friday between anti-Jewish protesters and Israeli soldiers in the communities of Beita and Beit Dayan, south and east of Nablus respectively, and in Kafr Kadum, east of Kalkilia, according to eyewitnesses.

Protesters set fire to tires and hurled stones at Israeli soldiers deployed around the communities.

In the three aforementioned communities, there are frequent incidents of Palestinian demonstrations against the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

The Israeli army has not issued a statement regarding Friday’s incidents.

Since late March, Israeli security forces have expanded their operations in Israel and the occupied West Bank following a series of attacks by Palestinian and Israeli Arabs in Israel and the West Bank in which 19 people, mostly have been killed.

At least 46 Palestinian and 3 Israeli Arab assailants have been killed in Israeli military operations, some of them members of armed groups but also civilians, including a journalist covering an operation in Jenin.

Source: Capital

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