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Palestinian boy, 12, said killed in clashes with Israeli forces

Police say border guards were attacked in a town near Jerusalem while returning a terrorist’s body, didn’t use live fire

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Masked Palestinian youth throw teargas back at Israeli border policemen during clashes in the Palestinian village of al-Ram, between Jerusalem and Ramallah in the West Bank, on October 22, 2015. (AFP Photo/Abbas Momani)
Masked Palestinian youth throw teargas back at Israeli border policemen during clashes in the Palestinian village of al-Ram, between Jerusalem and Ramallah in the West Bank, on October 22, 2015. (AFP Photo/Abbas Momani)

A 12-year-old Palestinian boy was reportedly killed by rubber bullets fired by Israeli security forces in the central West Bank town of al-Ram Tuesday evening, Palestinian reports said.

According to the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, clashes broke out when troops entered the town, north of Jerusalem. The report said Palestinian youths hurled rocks and empty bottles at the troops, who responded with live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the boy as Mohiyeh al-Tabakhi. The official Palestinian Wafa news agency said he was struck in the chest by a rubber bullet and died from cardiac arrest.

The Israel Police said, however, that the violence broke out when Border Police officers who were returning the body of a Palestinian terrorist were “pelted with Molotov cocktails.”

The troops responded with tear gas and stun grenades, and did not use live fire, police said.

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