16-year-old Palestinian Killed in Clashes With Israeli Forces in West Bank

Clashes erupted when Jewish worshipers, escorted by Israel's military, arrived at Joseph's Tomb on the outskirts of Nablus city to pray, according to Palestinian reports

Riat Rafik Amin
Riat Rafik Amin

A Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli fire on Wednesday during clashes at Joseph's Tomb in the city of Nablus in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, reported that the clashes erupted when Jewish worshipers, escorted by the military, arrived at the tomb on the outskirts of the city to pray.

The Health Ministry identified him as 16-year-old Riat Rafik Amin. He was taken to the Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus, where he was declared dead.

According to Israel's army, clashes broke out when hundreds of Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails at soldiers who were guarding the entrance to Jewish worshippers at the site.

The Red Crescent reported that around 40 Palestinians were wounded in clashes in the area of the tomb as well as in the village of Urif nearby. Four were injured by sponge-tipped bullets and the rest from gas inhalation. According to Palestinian reports, a Palestinian vehicle was set on fire during the clashes.

Also Tuesday night, a 24-year-old man and his two children were moderately and lightly injured in a car accident after stones were thrown at their vehicle near Nablus. According to Magen David Adom medics, the man was hit in the head and moderately injured. His children, a four-year-old and two-year-old, were lightly injured.

Israeli forces said they arrested six Palestinians Tuesday night suspected of engaging in terrorist activities in the West Bank villages of Husan and Beit Kahil, as well as in the city of Qalqilya.

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