Israeli Troops Shoot Teen Dead in West Bank Clashes, Palestinians Say

17-year-old killed in West Bank protests against Donald Trump's Mideast plan, as demonstrations continue a week after the plan's unveiling

An Israeli border policeman is on fire as he is hit with a molotov cocktail thrown by Palestinian demonstrators during a protest in Hebron, in the West Bank, on February 3, 2020. 
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Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Seventeen-year-old Mohammad Salman Toameh Al-Hadad was shot in the chest with live fire and died after being evacuated to the city hospital, according to the ministry.

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According to witnesses, Al-Hadad was wounded during clashes in the neighborhood of Bab al-Zawiyah. Troops fired both live fire and rubber bullets, witnesses said.

Mohammad Salman Toameh Al-Hadad.

The Israeli army said in a statement that Al-Hadad was shot during "a violent riot in the city of Hebron," after he had thrown Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers. "For several days there have been violent disturbances in the city of Hebron next to the Jewish area with the participation of dozens of Palestinians who are throwing stones, burning tires and throwing firebombs at IDF troops and the security forces," the military said in a statement. 

The clashes came a week after U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled the White House's Middle East plan.

Palestinian demonstrators take cover during a protest against Trump's Middle East peace plan, in Hebron in the West Bank, February 2, 2020.
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On Monday, a Palestinian was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet during during confrontations with Israeli security forces in Hebron's Old City. Last week, soldiers shot and severely wounded a 15-year-old Palestinian in the head with a rubber bullet during clashes in the northern West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum, the Red Crescent reported. 

The plan, which was unveiled last week, would foresee the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, but it falls far short of minimal Palestinian demands and would leave sizable chunks of the West Bank in Israeli hands.

It was welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has dismissed it as “nonsense.” Gulf Arab states also rejected the White House plan as “biased.” While Israeli officials were present for its unveiling, no Palestinian representatives attended.

Netanyahu has said he wants to move forward with plans to annex West Bank territory before Israel's March 2 election, leading senior U.S. officials, such as Trump aide Jared Kushner, to publically declare Washington would not support such a move.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.