Middle East

Palestinian child killed by Israeli troops in West Bank

Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinian demonstrators at the entrance of the Jewish settlement of Psagot near the Palestinian town of Al-Bireh on August 9, 2014, following the funeral of 19-year-old Mohammed Qatri who was shot by Israeli troops in Al-Bireh. (AFP/Abbas Momani)

RAMALLAH: A 9-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli troops during clashes in the south of the occupied West Bank, eyewitnesses and medical sources said Sunday.

Khalil al-Anati arrived in Hebron national hospital in a serious condition after being shot in the pelvis before succumbing to his wounds shortly later, a medical source at the hospital said.

According to eyewitnesses, Anati was shot during clashes that erupted between stone-throwing Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops at the entrance of Fawwar refugee camp, near Hebron.

The protest, the witnesses said, aimed to denounce the Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip, which has left 1,918 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead and around 10000 others wounded since July 7.

Israel claims that the offensive aims to undermine rocket-fire capabilities by Gaza-based Palestinian factions.

According to Israeli figures, at least 64 soldiers have been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip and three civilians by rocket fire.





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