Palestinian authorities say Rashid Abu Arreh, 16, was shot dead in Tubas hours after killing 26-year-old Hussein al-Titi during protests at al-Fawwar refugee camp.
An Israeli army has shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian authorities, the second deadliest in a few hours during a major escalation of violence.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health said Rashid Abu Arreh, 16, died on Wednesday in Tubas, north of Nablus. The Israeli army made no immediate comment.
The Palestinian news agency WAFA quoted witnesses as saying that “Israeli soldiers attacked Tubas in the early hours of the morning and clashed with local residents, … provoking the shooting and killing of Abu Arreh.”
Doctors said Abu Arreh was shot twice in the neck and chest and died immediately, according to WAFA.
Earlier Wednesday, medical sources also said Hussein al-Titi, 26, had been shot dead during protests against the Israeli army in the Al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron.
The Israeli army said the incident occurred during a “violent riot” as soldiers “saw one of the riot police standing on a roof with the intention of throwing a block at the troops.”
“Troops responded with fire,” the army said in a statement.
Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim reportedly said that the Israeli army had carried out night raids on several occupied cities in the West Bank that led to the arrest of more than 40 Palestinians, most of whom are former prisoners or linked to Hamas, the group that runs Gaza.
“As a result of these raids, Palestinians took to the streets and clashes erupted [with the Israeli army]”He added, noting that more than 30 Palestinians were injured.
Israel is massing troops at the border as it continues to strike Gaza with airstrikes, while rockets launched by Hamas have also hit several places in Israel.
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The latest casualties came when Israel launched its most intense bombing in years in the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least 43 Palestinians, including 13 children, so far.
Days of growing tension in occupied East Jerusalem reached a turning point on Monday when Israeli police stormed the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during prayers and injured hundreds of Palestinians.
Hamas responded by firing rockets at Israel. At least six Israelis have been killed.