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West Bank teen killed by Israeli fire: Medics

Samir Awad, 17 year old Palestinian, dies after receiving three bullets by Israeli troops; spokesman says army 'responded' after 'attempt' to infiltrate Israel

AFP , Tuesday 15 Jan 2013

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead on Tuesday by Israeli troops in the northern West Bank near the separation barrier, Palestinian medical and security sources told AFP.

Samir Ahmed Awad, 17, died after being hit by three bullets during an incident which took place in the West Bank village of Budrus, medical sources and the local mayor said.

The incident took place by a school which lies 200 metres (yards) from Israel's vast separation barrier, where a handful of students had thrown stones at Israeli troops after finishing their exams, Budrus Mayor Mohammed Morar told AFP.

"It was the last day of school and some students threw stones. The soldiers caught him and tried to arrest him, but he escaped so they fired six bullets at him," he said.

Medics said he was hit by three bullets: one to the back, one to the head and another to the leg. Initial reports had indicated the incident occurred in Ras Karkar, which was where his body was collected by an ambulance.

An army spokeswoman said troops had "responded" after several Palestinians "approached the security fence near Budrus and damaged it in an attempt to infiltrate Israel."

Israeli police said a number of Palestinians had thrown stones toward the barrier, prompting troops to fire in the air.

The incident took place a day after medics said a 21-year-old Palestinian farmer was killed by Israeli fire in northern Gaza.

On Tuesday, the military denied any involvement in the Gaza incident.

On Saturday, a 21-year-old Palestinian labourer was shot dead by troops as he tried to cross the separation barrier in the southern West Bank in search of work in Israel, medics said.

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