Jerusalem, Mar 11, 2020 / 16:01 pm
Mohammed Hamayal, a 15-year-old Palestinian boy, was shot and killed by Israeli troops Wednesday during a clash in the West Bank.
He was killed during a March 11 Palestinian protest of Israeli settlers near Beita, some 40 miles north of Jerusalem.
According to Israel, 500 Palestinians were rioting, setting tires on fire and throwing rocks at its security forces.
In response to the rock throwing, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition, rubber bullets, and tear gas, a witness told the BBC.
According to Palestinian officials, another 17 people were injured in the clash.
The Israeli army said that “we are aware of a report regarding a killed Palestinian and several injured. The incident will be reviewed.”
Israeli settlers have been trying to gain control of a hill in the Beita area, according to Palestinians.
Beita residents have held daily sit-ins on the hill since Feb. 28, “when settlers made the first attempt to seize the mountain and turn it into an Israeli religious tourist route,” Wafa, a Palestinian news agency, reported.