Palestinian teen shot by Israel army dies

Ramallah: A Palestinian teen shot by Israeli army during clashes in the West Bank died of his wounds early today, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

14-year-old Laith Khaldi of the Jalazon refugee camp was shot in the chest during clashes with Israeli forces near the Atara checkpoint yesterday evening and died hours later in hospital, the sources said.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli army told AFP that “a Palestinian suspect hurled a Molotov cocktail at an army post in Bir Zeit. In response to the immediate danger, the soldiers fired toward the assailant, identifying a hit”.

Clashes had erupted in the West Bank yesterday after a Palestinian toddler was burnt to death as the result of an arson attack by suspected Israeli settlers.

Also, a Palestinian man was killed and another wounded by Israeli fire when they approached a security fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel, medical officials said. (AFP)