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Palestinian teen killed by Israeli troops in West Bank village

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli forces cross a street during clashes with Palestinian protestors at Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, on December 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli troops have shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during a raid on a village in the occupied West Bank.

According to Palestinian health officials on Saturday, Ahmad Samir Abu Obeid, 19, was shot in the head while clashes erupted with Israeli troops who had entered the village of Burqin located close to the city of Jenin.

Obeid died several hours after being transported to a hospital in Jenin.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that the troops had entered the village while looking for suspects involved in a drive-by shooting of a rabbi in January.

On January 17, another Palestinian was killed during clashes with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

Israeli media reports claimed that the victim, Ahmed Jarrar, had links to the shooting incident in the West Bank in which a rabbi was killed.

On January 9, Israel ordered a sweeping crackdown in the West Bank after the shooting death of the Israeli rabbi.          

Tel Aviv often uses such incidents as pretexts to intensify its already draconian restrictive measures against the Palestinians residing in the territory.

Tensions have been high in the region since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and announced that he was planning to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

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