Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian children during clashes in West Bank

(MENAFN) Palestinian medical officials reported that an Israeli soldier killed a Palestinian teenager during early-morning clashes in Nablus, a city in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

According to the Palestine Red Crescent, at least 30 Palestinians were injured, four of whom had live bullet wounds and three of whom were in severe condition.

Waseem Khalifa, 18, from Balata, the biggest refugee camp in the West Bank, was the victim, according to Palestinian medical personnel.

Witnesses claimed that fighting broke out as Israeli forces arrived to defend Jewish worshipers at the flashpoint Joseph's Tomb.

According to Reuters, the Israeli military is investigating the event.

Armed Palestinians and Israeli soldiers reportedly traded gunfire near the site, according to Israeli media. Israel suffered no reported casualties.

Last week, an Israeli shooting in the northern city of Nablus resulted in the deaths of three Palestinian gunmen. Since Israel and the Palestinian militant organization Islamic Jihad ended three days of the bloodiest fighting in more than a year in Gaza, it was the worst event in the West Bank.


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