TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank who reportedly was throwing rocks at cars and Israeli soldiers.
Omar Jawabreh, 16, 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.
According to the Palestinian Maan news agency, the Israeli military used rubber bullets and live fire.
The Israel Defense Forces did not confirm Jawabreh’s death, but did say it responded with live fire to rock throwing in an area near Hebron. 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.”