Palestinian teen shot dead during clashes near Hebron
The mother of Omar Maddi, 16, is comforted by a relative as she mourns the death of her son in the al-Mizan hospital in Hebron on February 10, 2016 after he was killed by Israeli security forces in Al-Arroub refugee camp. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian during clashes in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron's al-Arrub refugee camp on Tuesday, medical sources told Ma'an.
Doctors at al-Mizan hospital in Hebron said the boy, identified as Omar Madi, was shot in the chest during clashes in the camp and was evacuated to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
An Israeli army spokesperson said during "a routine security activity" Israeli soldiers "spotted a number of boys throwing stones at Israeli vehicles at route 60 near al-Arrub refugee camp," adding that "the soldiers responded with riot dispersal means and shot one of the demonstrators with live fire."
Locals said Israeli forces shot tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live fire during clashes in the camp, while youths responded with rocks and Molotov cocktails.
Al-Arrub refugee camp lies along Route 60, a major West Bank road that Israeli settlers regularly use to reach a cluster of illegal Israeli settlements in Hebron, and the camp has been site to frequent clashes with Israeli military over the past several months.
On Friday, Israeli soldiers killed a 14-year-old Palestinian and detained another young boy along the route, after the two allegedly tried to throw Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles.
“During routine activity to secure Route 60,” Israeli forces "spotted two suspects attempting to throw Molotov cocktails at vehicles" on the highway, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an at the time.
The forces then opened fire on the teenagers, killing one and detaining another, the spokesperson said.
Madi is one of nearly 170 Palestinians to be killed by Israeli forces or settlers since October, many of whom were killed while carrying out individual attacks on Israeli military and settlers, while others died during clashes or unconfirmed circumstances.
The Hebron district in particular grew as a flashpoint in November and December, and the Israeli military shut down movement in large portions of the district, including al-Arrub camp. Many restrictions have since been lifted but sporadic closures continue.
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