A Palestinian boy has been shot dead by Israeli troops, during a protest near the separation wall, in the occupied West Bank, said Palestinian medics and witnesses.
Salah Al Khawaja, a member of Ni’lin’s Committee Against the Wall, said that, on Tuesday, after being hit by a bullet fired by Israeli soldiers in the village of Ni’lin, Hammad Hossam Mussa died of his wounds while he was being transported to hospital in an ambulance, added medical sources.
A definitive account of the incident as yet to be given by the Israeli military, said Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland in Jerusalem.
“They have merely told us that they are carrying out ‘a careful and thorough investigation’ into how this child died, and only once they have done that investigation will we get their comment on how this boy happened to die”, she said.
Soldiers fired live rounds towards a group of protesters who had run into the village after the army dispersed protesters outside using rubber-coated bullets, said Mr Khawaja.
He told AFP that “protesters arrived at the wall’s construction site outside the village and the soldiers started to open fire with rubber bullets and tear gas. This pushed the protesters back into the village where the boy was hit by a live bullet in his chest”.
But other witnesses said that the boy was hit in the head while strone-throwers confronted Israeli troops.
Rubber-coated bullets also lightly injured 15 people during the demonstration in Ni’lin, that has become the site of regular demonstrations against the barrier in recent months.
“This barrier, made of coiled razor wire, deep trenches and a fence equipped with electronic sensors, is cutting through the land of the village”, Ms Rowland reported.
Earlier this month, demonstrators in Ni’lin and other locations marked four years since the International Court of Justice issued a non-binding resolution calling for parts of the barrier inside the West Bank to be torn down and for a halt to construction there. But the ruling has largely been ignored by Israel.