Palestinians, Israeli troops clash in Hebron after shooting death of youth

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clashed in the city of Hebron a day after a Palestinian teen who threatened an Israeli Border Police officer was shot and killed.

At least five Palestinian rioters have been injured in Thursday’s clashes, the Maan Palestinian news service reported. The Palestinians threw rocks and firebombs at the Israeli troops, who dispersed the riots with tear gas.

The clashes began on Wednesday night. The Israel Defense Forces moved more troops into the area following the shooting in case of rioting in advance of the funeral, set for Thursday.

A Palestinian teen, 17, on Wednesday evening pulled what turned out to be a toy gun on an Israeli Border Police officer. The boy was shot in his chest and abdomen by a female officer who witnessed the threat.

The rioting comes a week after Israeli soldiers on patrol in Hebron were forced to retreat after being attacked by a Palestinian mob. The soldiers’ actions are currently under investigation. 

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