The Israeli army said Wednesday that a soldier stationed near a wild settler post near the West Bank city of Nablus saw an approaching group of Palestinians and that one “ threw a suspicious object at him, which exploded alongside to the soldier. ” The army said the soldier fired into the air and then shot the Palestinian who threw the object.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said 15-year-old Ahmad Shamsa died from a gunshot wound sustained a day earlier.
Earlier Wednesday, the Israeli army shot and killed a Palestinian woman who it said tried to ram her car into a group of soldiers guarding a construction site in the West Bank.
In a statement, the army said soldiers shot the woman in Hizmeh, north of Jerusalem, after she got out of the car and pulled out a knife. The statement did not say how close the wife was to the soldiers, and the military did not release any photos or video of the incident.
In recent years, Israel has witnessed a series of shootings, stabbings and car ramming attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians in the West Bank. Most have been carried out by Palestinians with no apparent ties to organized militant groups.
Palestinians and Israeli human rights groups say soldiers often use excessive force and could detain assailants without killing them. In some cases, they say innocent people have been identified as attackers and shot.
The Palestinians seek the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-government, as part of a future state alongside the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Israel says Jerusalem is indivisible. Peace negotiations have stalled for many years.