Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops near Bethlehem

In what might re-ignite the tensions, a Palestinian teenager has reportedly been shot dead by Israeli Army, reports said Tuesday.

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015, 15:08 PM IST
Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops near Bethlehem

Bethlehem: In what might re-ignite the tensions, a Palestinian teenager has reportedly been shot dead by Israeli Army, reports said Tuesday.

The incident occurred overnight during an altercation at Dheisheh refugee camp near the town of Bethlehem, Palestinian medics said.

The murdered has been identified as 19-year-old Jihad al-Jafari, who is said to be a supporter of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas`s Fatah movement, reported the AFP.

The Israeli Army in its defense said that the troops were only responding to the rioters hurling stones and incendiary devices at them, wounding a soldier.

"After trying in vain to disperse the crowd of attackers, our forces felt in danger and opened fire at the leader of the rioters, who was hit," the AFP quoted an Israeli Army spokeswoman as saying.