Palestinian teen shot in the head by Israeli forces in West Bank

Palestinians run away from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes near the West Bank city of Jenin. (AP pic)

HEBRON: Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager during clashes in the West Bank on Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry said, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israel.

A health ministry spokesman told AFP that Zaid Qaysia, 15, was killed by a live bullet to the head fired by Israeli troops in Al-Fawar refugee camp near the flashpoint southern city of Hebron.

A further four Palestinians were wounded during clashes.

The Israeli military said troops had entered the camp to make arrests and had been met with a “violent riot” in which shots were heard and a soldier was lightly injured.

“Troops responded with riot dispersal means and live fire.

“We are aware of a report regarding a Palestinian casualty and a number of injured Palestinians,” it added.

Witnesses said the raid by Israeli forces in the early hours had sparked clashes with residents.

It was the second death in clashes in the West Bank in as many days.

On Tuesday, the Israeli army suffered its first fatality of the year when a Palestinian stone-thrower killed a soldier during a similar raid in the northern village of Yaabad.

Pompeo arrived in Israel on Wednesday morning for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials.

He is expected to discuss Washington’s support for Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank in a move the United Nations says is a violation of international law.

Palestinian leaders have warned it could trigger a surge of violence.