HEBRON, Palestine: Israeli soldiers shot dead a 14-year-old Palestinian in overnight clashes in the occupied West Bank as they pressed a hunt for three missing Israeli teenagers, medical sources said Friday.
The teenager was killed in Dura, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, which has been the principal focus of the massive Israeli operation.
Palestinian security forces identified the boy killed as Mohammed Dudin.
They said clashes erupted after Israeli forces arrived to conduct arrests as part of the operation to locate the three teenagers they believe were abducted by Islamist movement Hamas.
Dudin was taken to the Alia hospital in Hebron, where officials determined his death was caused by a gunshot to his chest.
The Israeli army said soldiers had arrived to arrest a “terror activist” in Dura, where Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the forces, who responded with live fire.
A spokeswoman told AFP they were examining the reports of Dudin’s death.