Palestinian teen said killed by IDF when hurling firebombs at cars

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Another Palestinian reported to be seriously wounded in incident north of Hebron, while attempting to attack Israeli drivers

Illustrative. IDF soldiers at the Al-Aroub intersection near Hebron, July 18, 2016.
(Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

A 16-year-old teen was killed by IDF fire near the refugee camp of Al Aroub, north of Hebron, Palestinian sources said Friday. The Israeli military said it fired at assailants throwing petrol bombs at Israeli drivers.

According to the sources, the Palestinian was hit in his chest and evacuated to hospital in critical condition, where he died. Another Palestinian was seriously hurt in the incident but his condition was defined as stable.

The army said soldiers opened fire at assailants throwing firebombs at Israeli drivers near the Al Aroub refugee camp and that one of them was hit, but a spokeswoman could not confirm he had died.

“In response to that immediate threat forces fired toward the suspects and a hit was identified,” she told AFP.

The Palestinian health ministry named the dead youth as Murad Yussef Abu Ghazi, 16, and said he was shot in the chest.

Palestinian security officials said Abu Ghazi was shot dead during clashes with soldiers in which another youth was seriously wounded by army fire.


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