Palestinian teen killed by IDF in West Bank after throwing rocks
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Palestinian teen killed by IDF in West Bank after throwing rocks

Imam Jameel a-Safeer, 16, shot by troops near settlement of Tapuah when throwing stones at vehicles, second man injured

A Palestinian teen was killed by Israeli military gunfire when hurling rocks at Israeli cars in the West Bank, the IDF said Monday.

The assailant, identified in Palestinian media as Imam Jameel a-Safeer, 16, received preliminary medical treatment on the scene but succumbed to his wounds shortly after, the IDF spokesman said in a statement.

Safeer was shot at after throwing rocks at Israeli cars near the Tapuah settlement, in the central West Bank, according to the IDF. The army said the rock throwing endangered drivers on the road.

Palestinian security officials said he was throwing stones at a military vehicle when he was shot.

He was with several other Palestinians at the time of the incident.

A 19-year-old was also wounded in the same incident near the northern city of Nablus.

The army said it will open an investigation into the incident, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Stone-throwing attacks are common occurrences on West Bank roads, where Palestinians occasionally protest by hurling rocks or firebombs at Israeli vehicles or troops.

On Thursday, an 11-year-old Israeli girl was seriously injured when a firebomb hit a car she was traveling in near the settlement of Ma’ale Shomron.

There have been a number of deadly clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians this month.

On December 16, Israeli forces killed Mahmoud Adwan, 20, and wounded another person in a firefight in the West Bank, officials said. The army said special forces shot the man when he hurled an improvised explosive device at them during an arrest raid in the Qalandiya refugee camp north of Jerusalem during an operation.

A week earlier, a senior Palestinian official died shortly after a scuffle with the IDF. The Palestinian leadership accused Israel of killing 55-year-old Ziad Abu Ein, while Israel said the death was caused by a “blockage of the coronary artery” which “could have been caused by stress,” adding that Abu Ein suffered from poor health, including heart disease.

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