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Army says Palestinian youth killed in riot was shot by mistake

An initial IDF investigation conducted at OC Central Command reveals that a Palestinian youth killed yesterday in Bethlehem was shot by troops mistakenly.

Abd a-Rahman Obeid Allah died after he was shot with a small caliber gun used by troops to disperse violent riots.

According to the army, soldiers aimed at a grown person standing near Allah but missed and hit the youth. The boy’s death was an “unexpected result” of the shooting, according to Hebrew-language paper Haaretz. The military says that in two incidents over the past two days where soldiers used live fire against protesters, the Palestinians acted unusually violently, throwing Molotov cocktails and explosive devices at the soldiers.

Mourners carry the body of 13-year-old Palestinian Abdel Rahman Abdullah, who was shot dead by the Israeli army during clashes at a refugee camp near Bethlehem, during his funeral at the Aida refugee camp near the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 6, 2015. (Musa al-Shaer/AFP)
Mourners carry the body of 13-year-old Palestinian Abdel Rahman Abdullah, who was shot dead by the Israeli army during clashes at a refugee camp near Bethlehem, during his funeral at the Aida refugee camp near the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 6, 2015. (Musa al-Shaer/AFP)

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