JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank on Friday after he threw stones at their patrol, Palestinian medical and security sources said.
Muhammad Hani al-Kasbah,17 , was killed by two bullets after allegedly throwing stones at a Israeli military vehicle close to the Qalandiya checkpoint, south of Ramallah, the sources said.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said the soldiers had opened fire after their vehicle was damaged.
“The forces called the suspect to halt and shot warning shots in the air. Once he continued hurling rocks at close range and in response to the imminent danger the forces fired towards the suspect,” the spokeswoman told AFP.
Israeli news source Haaretz cited eyewitnesses reporting that al-Kasbah was shot in the upper body after attempting to climb the separation wall. He had reportedly left his home early that morning to reach the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
Al-Kasbah was shot at around 7.30 a.m. and fell to the ground before a group of Palestinians took him to hospital in Ramallah.
Hundreds of Palestinians from the Qalandiya refugee camp gathered at the Palestine Medical Center to mourn his death.
Israeli forces deployed in large numbers around Qalandiya checkpoint following the killing.
Al-Kasbah’s two brothers, Yasser and Samer, were killed by Israeli forces in the Qalandiya refugee camp in May 2002.
Al-Kasbah was the second Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in the last week, after forces shot dead a Palestinian man last Friday when he opened fire at soldiers at the Beqaot checkpoint in the Jordan Valley.
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