IDF Troops Kill Palestinian Teen, Hurt Another in Bethlehem Raid

Palestinian officials say teenager killed when shot in stomach by troops searching for militants.

A Palestinian teenager was killed and another was wounded by Israel Defense Forces troops during a raid into the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday, Palestinian medical officials said.

The officials said the teenager was shot in his stomach by the troops who were surrounding a building in the city during a search for militants.

Palestinian sources identified the killed teenager as 17-year-old Kusai al-Afandi.

An IDF spokeswoman said troops had initially used non-lethal riot dispersal means but resorted to live fire at the lower bodies of some demonstrators when they endangered the troops by throwing stones and large building blocks at them.

The militant being targeted in the raid surrended to the IDF forces a few hours later as was taken in for questioning.

Last week, IDF troops killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank city of Hebron. Witnesses said troops opened fire at local residents who hurled rocks at troops in the village, killing the teenager.

Troops often conduct raids throughout the West Bank, searching for militants wanted in planning or executing attacks on Israel.

On Sunday, the Jaffa military court convicted on a string of charges an IDF officer who commanded troops implicated in a West Bank rampage that led to the wrongful shooting of a Palestinian civilian last July in the West Bank town of Dahariya, located south of Hebron.

Deputy Lieutenant Yaakov Gigi was convicted in the framework of a plea bargain of illegal use of a weapon, giving a false confession, overstepping authority in a manner that endangered lives and behavior unsuitable to an army officer.