Middle East Israeli troops kill stone-throwing Palestinian youth in West Bank

Israeli troops kill stone-throwing Palestinian youth in West Bank

Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed Kosba, 17, during his funeral in the Qalandia refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah
Palestinians carry the body of Palestinian youth during his funeral in the Qalandia refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian youth who the army said had been throwing stones at Israeli vehicles on a road in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops patrolling near the West Bank city of Hebron encountered Palestinians throwing rocks at vehicles on a main road and shot one of them.

The Palestinian health ministry said 15-year-old Omar Madi was taken to hospital in Hebron where he was declared dead.

Since a surge in violence began in October, 27 Israelis and a U.S. citizen have been killed in near-daily Palestinian attacks that have included stabbings, shootings and car-rammings.

Israeli forces have killed at least 157 Palestinians in the same period, 101 of them assailants, according to Israeli authorities. Other Palestinians have died during violent anti-Israeli protests.

The bloodshed has been partly fueled by Palestinian frustration over long-stalled peace talks and anger at perceived Jewish encroachment on a contested Jerusalem shrine.