Middle East

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli army during West Bank raid


Palestinian officials say a 19-year-old has been killed in clashes with the Israeli military in the West Bank.

Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during an arrest raid in the village of Burqin in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials say.

A Reuters witness said about 200 Palestinians were throwing stones at Israeli military vehicles when a shot was heard, adding that a wounded person was then carried to a car.

Israel's military, which said it was checking the report, said its forces had been searching in Burqin for suspects involved in the fatal drive-by shooting of an Israeli rabbi from a nearby settlement on January 9.

Israeli forces in the adjacent city of Jenin last month shot and killed a Palestinian gunman whom they suspected of involvement in the rabbi's shooting.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the teenager killed on Saturday was 19, while the hospital in Jenin where he was taken said he had been shot in the head.

The Israeli military said rioting had broken out while troops were apprehending several suspects connected with the shooting of the rabbi and troops had responded with non-fatal "riot dispersal means".

Tensions in the region have risen since US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December and since then at least 20 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed.

Trump's reversal of decades of US policy enraged Palestinians, who want to create an independent state in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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