On Friday, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank, according to a statement from the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The 15-year-old was shot in the neck and back in al-Khader, a town near Bethlehem, according to the statement. He is the second Palestinian teenager to be murdered this week.
The Israeli military stated that it replied with live fire when a group of suspects threw rocks and petrol bombs at soldiers “performing routine security activity” in the vicinity, adding that the incident was being investigated.
It was unclear whether the teenager who was shot had participated in the conflict.
The assassination “is part of a series of crimes and executions on the battlefield committed by the occupying forces,” according to a statement from the Palestinian ministry of health.
Separately, Israeli soldiers injured around 200 protesters near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, according to a statement from the Palestine Red Crescent Society.
Since the beginning of the year, Israeli soldiers or armed civilians have killed at least 46 Palestinians, including militants, lone attackers, and bystanders. According to information gathered by Defence for Children International-Palestine, at least eight of the victims were children.
In Israel and the West Bank, Palestinians have killed 18 people, including civilians, police officers, and a security guard, since March.