Palestinians say West Bank teen killed in clashes with IDF troops
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Palestinians say West Bank teen killed in clashes with IDF troops

Army says soldiers were attacked with IEDs, Molotov cocktails and stones during raid in Deheishe refugee camp near Bethlehem; incident under investigation

File: Israeli troops during an arrest raid in the Deheishe refugee camp, in a photo released on July 23, 2018. (IDF Spokesperson)
File: Israeli troops during an arrest raid in the Deheishe refugee camp, in a photo released on July 23, 2018. (IDF Spokesperson)

A Palestinian teen was killed during clashes with Israeli forces in a West Bank refugee camp outside of Bethlehem early Monday morning, according to Palestinian reports.

The military said riots broke out while troops were conducting an arrest raid in the the Deheishe refugee camp, with residents “throwing improvised explosive devices, Molotov cocktails and stones” at the soldiers.

An army spokesperson said the troops responded with live fire and other riot control methods, including 0.22-caliber Ruger rounds, which are meant to be less lethal at close range.

The teenager was identified by the official Palestinian news service Wafa as Thaer Mazhar, 15, from Deheishe.

It said two others were wounded during the fighting.

Rocks litter the road in the Deheishe refugee camp, in a photo released on July 23, 2018. (IDF Spokesperson)

Two Palestinian suspects were arrested in the raids in Deheishe. The Israel Defense Forces said a lathe used to make guns was also found in the camp.

A video posted online showed the teen lying on the ground and being carried away.

According to Wafa, the Palestinian teenager was shot in the chest and taken to the hospital in nearby Beit Jala, where he was pronounced dead.

The military said it was aware of the reports that a Palestinian was killed.

“An investigation has been opened,” the army spokesperson said.

Six other Palestinian suspects were arrested in raids across the West Bank in the predawn hours of Monday morning, according to the IDF.

The suspects were handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning.

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