Israeli Troops Shoot Dead Palestinian Boy in West Bank

Sixteen-year-old killed by IDF rifle fire during violent protest outside Nablus, medics say.

A Palestinian youth was killed and another seriously wounded on Saturday during a clash with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian hospital officials said.

A doctor at Nablus hospital said 16-year-old Mohammad Qadus died Saturday after being shot in the chest by Israeli security forces.

Palestinians witnesses said a 17-year-old protester was also in serious condition after being shot in the head.

The youths had been taking part in a demonstration in which stones were thrown at Israeli soldiers near the West Bank city of Nablus.

Israel's military confirmed that it dispersed a group of rock-throwing Palestinians near the town of Iraq Burin in the northern West Bank. It said two Palestinians were injured.

The IDF said its soldiers did not fire live ammunition, but used riot control weapons such as teargas and rubber-coated bullets to disperse the Palestinians who were approaching a nearby Jewish settlement.

Clashes take place in the village on a nearly weekly basis over a water well that Palestinians claim Jewish settlers are trying to seize for their own use.