Israel troops kill teen in West Bank raid: Palestine ministry

Israeli forces have killed a teenager, the Palestinian health ministry said [Joel Carillet/Getty-file photo]

The Palestinian health ministry said Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, as an army official confirmed troops opened fire during a raid.

Sultan Abdul Rahman Khatatbeh, 16, was killed by Israeli fire in the northern West Bank town of Beit Furik, the ministry said in a statement published on Facebook.

Official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that two others were injured when Israeli forces stormed the town, east of Nablus, “firing live bullets at local residents”.

An Israeli military official told AFP that troops were operating in the Nablus area when “dozens of suspects hurled rocks at Israeli security forces, who responded with riot dispersal means and live fire”.

“Hits were identified,” the official said, without elaborating.

The West Bank has been illegally occupied by Israel since 1967.

At least 546 Palestinians have been killed in the territory by Israeli troops or settlers since the Gaza war broke out in October, according to Palestinian officials.

Attacks by Palestinians have killed at least 14 Israelis in the West Bank over the same period, according to an AFP tally of Israeli official figures.

A key feature of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, isĀ settlements, where more than 700,000 settlers live.

All Israeli settlements breach international law.

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