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Army reportedly says it did not chase Palestinian boy who died

The Israeli army is denying chasing a 7-year-old Palestinian boy who fell to his death, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

According to Army Radio, citing an anonymous security source, the child had been throwing rocks at cars on a road in Tuqu in the West Bank. Soldiers found the boy’s father and asked that he stop his kid from throwing stones, but did not chase the child, the source tells Army Radio.

Walla news reports that the army claims the boy died of a heart attack while being brought to a hospital and that it did not chase kids who had been throwing stones from a school.

A road running through the town links two settlement blocs south of Jerusalem, and Israeli cars there are occasionally targeted in stone throwing attacks.

The IDF has not released an official statement on the incident.

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