A Palestinian teenager has been shot and injured by Israeli military forces attempting to disperse a group of Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank.
A local official, Murad Shteiwi, said hundreds of Palestinians staged a rally in the town of Kafr Qaddum, located 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) east of Qalqilya, following Saturday afternoon prayers to protest against an Israeli barricade that closes off the main entrance on the southern side of the town.
Scuffles broke out when Israeli troops attacked the protesters, firing live bullets and tear gas canisters to break up the protest.
A 14-year-old Palestinian boy, identified as Mohammad Abdul Ilah, sustained gunshot wounds in the thigh, and was shifted to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment.
Last Sunday, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of East al-Quds (Jerusalem). Video footage showed the boy was shot by the Israeli forces while he posed no danger to them.
On July 20, another 15-year-old Palestinian boy was wounded by Israeli forces during clashes in the city of al-Bireh, located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) north of al-Quds.
Israeli forces and settlers regularly engage in violence against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East al-Quds, in 1967.