IDF kills Palestinian rock thrower

Israeli soldiers guarding a barrier at the Gush Etzion junction, Nov. 23, 2015. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

Israeli soldiers guarding a barrier at the Gush Etzion junction, Nov. 23, 2015. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

(JTA) – Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed a Palestinian teen in the West Bank after he threw rocks at cars and Israeli soldiers.

The teen, 16-year-old Omar Jawabreh, was shot in the chest and died of his wounds Wednesday, according to the Times of Israel, citing Palestinian reports. He was from the al-Aroub refugee camp north of Hebron.

The IDF did not confirm Jawabreh’s death, but did say it responded with live fire to rock-throwing in the area. It will investigate the incident.

“During routine IDF security activity, forces spotted assailants hurling rocks at civilian vehicles on Route 60, adjacent to al-Aroub,” said an IDF statement, according to the Times of Israel. “Forces responded to the immediate threat and fired toward one of the attackers.”

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