Israel raids West Bank, kills Palestinian teen

Palestinians stand around the body of teenager Mohammed Dudin, who medics said was killed by Israeli troops, at a hospital in the West Bank city of Hebron June 20, 2014. (Reuters)

As Israeli forces continued on Friday their search for three Israeli teenagers missing for more than a week, an army raid on the West Bank killed a 15-year-old Palestinian and seriously wounded three others, Palestinian hospital officials said.

Mohammed Dudin, a Palestinian teenager was killed in the village of Dura, near Hebron in the southern West Bank, close to where the three Israeli teenagers went missing eight days ago, Reuters reported.

A hospital official told the Associated Press that Dudin was killed by a bullet in the chest.

Another hospital official said three Palestinians were wounded by army fire in the Qalandiya refugee camp.

Both hospital officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The army had no immediate comment.

Dudin was the second Palestinian killed since Israel began its operation across the West Bank a week ago. Some 280 Palestinians had been detained by Thursday and troops had made more arrests overnight, the military said on Friday.

Israel said their teens were abducted by the Islamist Hamas group, although did not offer proof.

Palestinian youths threw stones early on Friday when soldiers entered the town of Dura, drawing army fire.

Israel has said its West Bank operation is twofold: to find Gil-Ad Shaer and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both aged 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, and to deal a substantial blow to Hamas.

Before dawn, Israel also carried out air strikes on three locations in the Gaza strip after militants launched two rockets from the territory into Israel on Thursday night, Reuters reported.

(With Reuters and Associated Press)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42