Palestinian teen dies of wounds from Saturday clash with army — PA

A teenage Palestinian shot Saturday by Israeli soldiers during clashes in the northern West Bank has died of his wounds, the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said Sunday.

Kamel Abdullah Alawneh, 17, was shot in the stomach and hand during fighting with Israeli soldiers outside a town near Jenin, PA health officials said.

According to both military and Palestinian media accounts, Alawneh was shot while clashing with Israeli troops who set up a checkpoint at the entrance to the village of Jaba’.

The Israel Defense Forces said a Palestinian hurled a Molotov cocktail at the soldiers, who fired at the suspect in response.

“A hit was identified,” an IDF statement said. “The circumstances of the incident are being clarified.”

No troops were injured.

Video from Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin shortly after Alawneh’s death was announced Sunday showed scores of Palestinian men chanting “millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem,” as they brought a flag-draped body through the hospital’s hallways.

The Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group claimed Alawneh as a member, though pictures from the funeral Sunday showed his body wrapped in a yellow flag of the Fatah movement, led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

“We salute Jenin and its steadfast camp as it presents martyr after martyr on the path to freedom and liberation from occupation,” Hamas said.

Forty-nine Palestinians have been killed since late March across Israel and the Palestinian territories, including attackers or individuals clashing with troops, suspected terrorists and innocent bystanders.

Over the same period 19 people — the majority Israeli civilians inside Israel — have been killed, mainly in attacks by Palestinians. Three Israeli Arab attackers have also been killed.

The shooting came days after a Palestinian man was reportedly shot dead in clashes with Israeli forces carrying out an arrest raid in Jenin.

Israeli security forces have stepped up their operations in the West Bank to stanch the violence. Many of the raids have concentrated on the unstable Jenin area, from where several of the attackers hailed.

Emanuel Fabian contributed to this report.

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