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Israeli forces gun down Palestinian teen in West Bank

The photo released by Palestinian media shows Muhammad Abu Hashhash, 17, who was killed by Israeli forces in the Fawwar refugee camp near the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on August 16, 2016.

Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teenager in fresh clashes at a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the victim as 17-year-old Muhammad Abu Hashhash, saying he died after being “shot in the chest during clashes with [Israeli forces] in the Fawwar camp,” located near the city of al-Khalil (Hebron).

Meanwhile, Palestinian Red Crescent spokeswoman, Errab Foqoha, told the Ma'an news agency that Abu Hashhash succumbed to injuries sustained when he was "shot with live ammunition in the heart.”

Tuesday’s scuffles in the Fawwar refugee camp also left at least 32 Palestinians injured.

The violence broke out after Israeli forces stormed the camp at Tuesday dawn, ransacked homes and interrogated residents.

The Israeli regime's troops further fired live gunshots, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian youths.

According to witnesses, the Israeli soldiers prevented a Palestinian ambulance, which was carrying an injured Palestinian, from leaving the camp for an hour.

Israeli police and soldiers have come under heavy criticism for “extrajudicial executions” of Palestinian citizens, who did not pose a threat or who could have been detained through non-lethal means.

The occupied territories have been the scene of heightened tensions since August 2015, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in an alleged bid to change the status quo of the Muslim site.

More than 230 Palestinians, including children and women, have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in what is regarded as the third Palestinian Intifada (uprising) since the beginning of last October. 

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