Palestinian, 18, Shot Dead in West Bank Clash With Israeli Troops

Palestinian president asks UN chief to act toward granting Palestinians international protection from Israeli 'aggression,' WAFA news agency reports.

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An Israeli border policeman aims his weapon during clashes with Palestinians near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, October 4, 2015.
An Israeli border policeman aims his weapon during clashes with Palestinians near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, October 4, 2015. Credit: Reuters

An 18-year-old Palestinian was killed during clashes with Israeli troops at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tulkarm on Sunday night, Palestinian media reported, following two days of bloodshed that have sparked fears of a wider escalation.

The youth was identified as Hudhayfah Ali Suleiman, a resident of Bal'a. According to reports, after being shot he was rushed to a nearby clinic, where he was pronounced dead.

According to Palestinian medical sources, at least four Palestinians were wounded by live fire during the altercations at Tulkarm, with Suleiman reportedly sustaining a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. The three other Palestinians were said to be in moderate condition, with six other Palestinians reportedly suffering light injuries as a result of smoke inhalation and rubber bullet fire.

Hudhayfah Ali, 18, was shot dead by Israeli forces during a clash in the West Bank, according to Palestinian reports.Credit: Courtesy

Army Radio cited the IDF as saying that it has opened an investigation into the report of the Ali's death.

Growing tensions

The Palestinian news agency WAFA reported on Sunday night that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to act toward granting the Palestinian people international protection from "Israeli aggression" and violence perpetrated by settlers in the West Bank.

Palestinian youth burn tires during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Ramallah, October 4, 2015.Credit: AFP

According to the report, Abbas and Ban spoke on the phone on Sunday evening and discussed the unrest in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The UN chief was cited as saying that he would urge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take action to deescalate the situation.

Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces clashd across the West Bank on Sunday. According to Palestinian reports, more than 100 Palestinians were wounded by IDF gunfire and and teargas. Palestinians also reported attacks by settlers.

The clashes broke out in the wake of two Jerusalem stabbing attacks that left two Israelis dead and three wounded on Saturday night. Early on Sunday, Israel Police decided to bar non-resident Palestinians from entering Jerusalem's Old City for 48 hours, prompting violent protests.

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