14-year-old Killed by Israeli Forces Near Bethlehem, Palestinian Health Ministry Says

Israeli military says force shot at teen throwing a Molotov cocktail

File: Israeli forces in the West Bank.
File: Israeli forces in the West Bank.Credit: Police Spokesperson

A 14-year-old Palestinian was shot dead on Tuesday by Israeli forces near Bethlehem, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israeli military said in a statement that the teen, Mohammed Shehadeh, was throwing a Molotov cocktail before being shot by soldiers in the West Bank town of al-Khader.

The Israeli force "identified three suspects who arrived at a location where Molotov cocktails were repeatedly thrown at Israeli vehicles recently," the military said.

Mohammad Shehadeh was shot dead by IDF forces on Tuesday.

According to a military source, Shehadeh was dragged a few hundred meters by his two friends as soldiers chased them until the two left his body. According to the Israeli statement, the soldiers gave Shehadeh medical aid at the scene. He was later pronounced dead.

Footage from the scene shows soldiers standing next to the Palestinian teen, apparently after being shot.

Last Friday, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was wounded by live Israeli fire during the weekly demonstration in the Nablus area in the West Bank, Palestinian media reported.

During the weekly protest at the Palestinian village of Kafr Qaddum, Israeli forces shot the youth in the leg, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, citing a local official.

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