Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian teen

Israeli soldiers shoot dead 17-year old teenager in occupied West Bank for allegedly attempting to throw petrol bomb

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An Israeli soldier standing at the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Friday with the claim that he was about to throw a petrol bomb.

More than four months of intensified violence in the region has raised concern of wider escalation, a decade after the last Palestinian uprising subsided.

Israeli forces said soldiers spotted the youth holding a lit molotov cocktail and that he was about to throw it at vehicles travelling along a main West Bank highway. 

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the death and age of the teenager.

In recent months, protests against the ongoing Israeli occupation have increased in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Since October more than 165 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, while about 25 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same period.

Most of the Palestinians killed have been teenagers as young as 12 - some of whom were killed by armed Israeli civilians, and others by Israeli forces which usually allege the Palestinians were attempting attacks.

Palestinians say the recent violence is the result of frustration from nearly half-a-century of occupation and say Israel has been using excessive force to suppress the unrest. Israel on the other hand claims that the unrest has been caused by a Palestinian campaign of lies and provocation surrounding the Al Aqsa Mosque compound.

TRTWorld and agencies