A Palestinian boy killed during a protest in the West Bank on Monday afternoon was shot by an IDF soldier who was aiming at another protester, the army said.
Abdel Rahman Abdullah, 13, was hit in the chest by gunfire during a clash between protesters and Israeli security forces in the Aida refugee camp, Palestinian medical sources said. He died in the hospital shortly afterward, and was laid to rest on Tuesday.
The army said Tuesday that the soldier had intended to shoot a protester who was leading the riot and was standing next to Rahman Abdullah, Channel 2 reported. He used a Ruger sniper rifle, which has recently been authorized for use by security forces in dispersing riots in East Jerusalem as well as the West Bank.
The news site Ynet quoted a senior IDF officer as saying that the soldier had aimed at the youth’s legs, but the round hit the ground and ricocheted to hit Rahman Abdullah in the chest. “This incident did not end well,” the officer was quoted as saying.
The army said troops were attacked by Palestinian stone throwers during the demonstration. A second Palestinian was reported moderately injured in the same clash.
Rahman Abdullah was the second Palestinian teenager killed by troops over a 24-hour period. A funeral was held earlier in the day for an 18-year-old Palestinian who was killed in overnight clashes in Tulkarem during a violent riot. In the evening, a third Palestinian youth was killed during violent clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Palestinian media reported.
Rioting was reported throughout the morning in the Hebron and Ramallah regions of the West Bank. Dozens of Palestinians were reportedly hurt from inhaling tear gas while clashing with security forces in several locations around those cities. Protesters hurled rocks at the troops, though there were no reported Israeli injuries.