Palestinian Boy Dies in West Bank after Triggering Israeli Explosive
A Palestinian boy died when an Israeli explosive blew up on Monday while he was playing in the West Bank near the border with Jordan, the Israeli army and local residents said.
Nassar Kabani, 15, was playing in sand dunes outside his village of Beit Dajan, some 45 kilometers north of Jericho, when he set off the explosive, local residents said.
The Israeli army said the boy had wandered into an area used by the military for training.
"He entered a clearly-marked firing zone and was injured by an explosive," the army said in a statement, adding that they took the boy to hospital and expressed their regret for the incident.
The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said earlier this month that 34 people had been killed by abandoned explosives since 1987, among them 27 children, and more than 90 injured.
A Palestinian teenager was killed on August 20 after he stepped on abandoned explosives while he was on his way to pick figs in the southern West Bank.
In July, a young Palestinian shepherd was killed when he stepped on a landmine in a field occasionally used by the Israeli army for firing practice -- JERICHO (AFP)
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