Palestinian Teen Killed by Israeli Military Gunfire in the West Bank, Ramallah Says

Amjad Nashaat Abu Alia, 16, was killed in clashes in the West Bank village of Al-Mughayyir, which has emerged as a recent hotspot for attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians

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Amjad Nashaat Abu Alia.
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A 16-year-old boy was killed by Israeli military fire in the West Bank village of al-Mughayyir on Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported.

Amjad Nashaat Abu Alia was evacuated to hospital after he was shot in the chest by live fire during a rally which turned into clashes, and was pronounced dead shortly after.

Dr. Laila Ghannam, the governor of Ramallah, said that "we haven't yet investigated the matter deeply, but we witnessed that the gunshot that hit the youth came from the side of the settlers, not from the army.

The Israel Defense Forces' spokesperson said that they are "aware of the claim" that a Palestinian was killed, but did not elaborate.

According to the Israeli army, "hundreds of Palestinians" burnt tires and threw stones toward an Israeli thoroughfare, prompting Israeli forces to respond with "riot dispersal measures and gunfire."

"A short while after, clashes erupted between Palestinians and settlers, which involved throwing stones at one another. The forces worked to restore order and disperse the two sides," the spokesperson added.

Al-Mughayyir, a village east of Ramallah, had emerged as a recent hotspot for attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mansour Abbas issued a statement condemning "the heinous crime committed by the settlers and the occupation forces," adding that the "Israeli government holds full responsibility for these crimes and for this dangerous escalation."

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