IDF troops kill Palestinian, 17, near Ramallah

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Israeli troops killed a 17-year-old Palestinian they said hurled stones at their army vehicle.

The troops shot and killed Hani al-Kusbah near Ramallah on Friday morning after Palestinians threw stones and rocks at their command car while it was driving through the Palestinian village of A-Ram en route to an nearby army base, the news set quoted the Israel Defense Forces spokesman as saying.

None of the Israelis were hurt but their windshield was shattered from the volley of hard objects, the IDF spokesman said. Al-Kusbah was taken to a hospital in Ramallah, where he died of his injuries.

Palestinian medical sources disputed the Israeli version of al-Kusbah’s death and claimed he was shot while trying to climb over a walled section of the security barrier that Israel has built in the West Bank.

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Last week, another Palestinian was killed in the Jordan Valley after firing at an IDF post. In recent weeks, the West Bank and Jerusalem have seen a spate of lethal and near-lethal attacks by Palestinians on Israelis.

IDF and Border Police officers reinforced their deployment in anticipation of violent riots around al-Kusbah’s funeral.

Separately, Palestinian Authority officers in the West Bank arrested dozens of individuals suspected of involvement in terrorist activity by Hamas.

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