A Palestinian teenager died after being struck by an Israeli rubber-tipped bullet during clashes near Ramallah this morning, the Palestinian Authority health ministry says.
Palestinian health officials name the victim as 18-year-old Thair Khalil al-Yarouzi. According to the ministry, the bullet struck him directly in the heart, killing him.
The Israeli army confirms that troops fired rubber bullets at Palestinians who threw stones at an Israeli military outpost near the Psagot settlement, and says they hit several people.
Israeli security forces frequently use rubber-tipped steel bullets as a form of crowd control. The rounds can maim, blind or even kill their targets; rights groups have advocated strongly limiting their use.