Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager in West Bank clashes, Palestinian health ministry says

RAMALLAH, West Bank, May 25 (Reuters) – A 16-year-old Palestinian man shot in the head by Israeli forces died early on Wednesday after clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian Ministry of Security said. Health.

The ministry identified the teenager as Gaith Yamin. He said Israeli forces shot him near Joseph’s Tomb, a flash site.

The Israeli army said on Twitter that it responded with live ammunition to hundreds of Palestinians who threw rocks and petrol bombs at soldiers during a visit by Jewish worshipers to Joseph’s Tomb on Tuesday. evening.

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Some Jews believe that Joseph’s Tomb is the burial place of the Jewish patriarch. The Palestinians say it is a sheikh’s sanctuary.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said it treated at least 80 people in clashes around the site, including injuries from live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas inhalation.

The Palestinian Education Ministry condemned the killing in a statement and stressed the need “to deter the occupation and hold it accountable for its heinous crimes”.

Israel has intensified its raids in the West Bank since late March, following a series of deadly attacks in its towns.

The incursions have often triggered clashes. At least 46 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or armed civilians since the start of the year. Victims include militants, lone assailants and bystanders.

The killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11 in an Israeli raid in the West Bank city of Jenin has sparked international concern.

Since March, Palestinians have killed 18 people, including civilians, police and a security guard, in attacks in Israel and the West Bank.

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Reporting by Ali Sawafta; Additional reporting by Henriette Chacar and Maayan Lubell; Editing by Kim Coghill

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