Israeli troops kill Palestinian teenager in West Bank clashes, as Pompeo arrives

Israeli troops kill Palestinian teenager in West Bank clashes, as Pompeo arrives

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager during clashes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry said, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Israel.

A health ministry spokesman told AFP that Zaid Qaysia, 15, was killed by a live bullet to the head fired by Israeli troops in Al-Fawar refugee camp near the flashpoint southern city of Hebron.

A further four Palestinians were wounded during clashes.

The Israeli military said troops had entered the camp to make arrests and had been met with a “violent riot” in which shots were heard and a soldier was lightly injured.

“Troops responded with riot dispersal means and live fire.

“We are aware of a report regarding a Palestinian casualty and a number of injured Palestinians,” it added.

Witnesses said the raid by Israeli force in the early hours had sparked clashes with residents.

It was the second death in clashes in the West Bank in as many days.

On Tuesday, the Israeli army suffered its first fatality of the year when a Palestinian stone-thrower killed a soldier during a similar raid in the northern village of Yaabad.

Earlier on Tuesday, an Israeli soldier was killed by a rock hurled by a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank, an army spokeswoman told AFP.

A military statement said that the 21-year-old soldier was hit in the head “during operational activity” in the village of Yaabad near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The spokeswoman said she did not have further details.

Pompeo to meet Netanyahu

Pompeo arrived in Israel on Wednesday morning for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials.

He is expected to discuss Washington’s support for Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank in a move the United Nations says is a violation of international law.

Palestinian leaders have warned it could trigger a surge of violence.

Pompeo will not meet US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who is said by an embassy spokesman to be displaying “mild upper respiratory symptoms” although he has tested negative for COVID-19.

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