After allegedly opening fire against Palestinian stone-throwers along Highway 443 near Jerusalem, Israeli troops killed an innocent teenage Palestinian boy.
The victim was identified by the Beit Sira mayor as 15-year-old Mahmoud Baderan. Another Palestinian was injured in the Israeli gunfire and shifted to a hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The boy was traveling in a car with other passengers “returning from a pool in a village near us when they came under fire,” the head of the local council Abdul Karim Kassem told Reuters.
Haaretz reported that Israeli troops were responding with gunfire to an attack by Palestinians who were throwing petrol bombs and stones at an Israeli bus. Two of the three injured in the attack were foreign tourists.
The Israeli Defense Force opened an investigation into the killing of the teenager according to army policy to probe lethal shootings outside of direct combat. An IDF spokeswoman said, "After an initial inquiry, it appears that uninvolved bystanders were mistakenly hit during the pursuit."
In the past eight months, Israeli forces have killed 197 Palestinians, while Palestinians have killed 32 Israelis. A recent survey reported that over half of the Jewish population in Israel wants Arab Palestinians removed or expelled from the region. The Israeli military meanwhile have increased arrests of Palestinians, detaining them even for speaking out against the occupation in Facebook posts.