January 16, 2009 / 2:44 PM / 11 years ago

Palestinian youth killed during W.Bank protest

HEBRON, West Bank, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A Palestinian teenager was killed on Friday as Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron confronted protesters demanding an end to Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, medics and witnesses said.

Medical officials and a relative said 17-year-old Musat Dana was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier. An Israeli army spokesman said soldiers had not fired live ammunition, only rubber bullets, and that the incident was being investigated.

Reuters journalists saw troops fire rubber bullets and smoke grenades as demonstrators in Hebron, where Gaza’s ruling Islamist movement Hamas has strong support, threw rocks and petrol bombs.

Israel imposed sweeping additional restrictions on movement for Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and deployed large number of forces during Muslim weekly prayers.

There were no reports of injuries at some half a dozen other protests in the occupied territory.





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