JERUSALEM (JTA) – Two Palestinian teens were killed during clashes with the Israeli military.
Abdel Rahman Abdullah, 13, was killed Monday afternoon during a clash between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, by a bullet to his chest.
The Israel Defense Forces said on Tuesday that the teen was shot in error as soldiers attempted to quell a riot. The Hebrew-language news website Ynet cited an unnamed senior IDF officer as saying the soldier had aimed his gun at another teen standing nearby who was leading the riot and that the bullet had hit the ground and ricocheted into the boy’s chest.
A Palestinian teen, 18, was killed early Monday morning during a riot in Tulkarem in the West Bank.
Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured during riots and in clashes with Israeli security services, according to Palestinian reports.