Israeli army kills a Palestinian boy in the West Bank, says Palestinian health ministry

12-year-old Mohammed al-Alami was shot in the chest while travelling in a car with his father in Beit Omar in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said.

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A Palestinian boy, injured by Israeli army fire in the occupied West Bank, died from his wounds, the Palestinian health ministry has said.

12-year-old Mohammed al-Alami died in the town of Beit Omar, to the northwest of Hebron, after he was shot in the chest while travelling in a car with his father, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. He is the second Palestinian child to die of injuries sustained by Israeli fire in recent days.

Nasri Sabarneh, the mayor of the town, said the father was driving with his son and daughter when Mohammed asked him to stop at a shop to buy something.

The father made a U-turn, the mayor said, and Israeli troops nearby began shouting at him to stop. A soldier then opened fire on the vehicle, fatally shooting the boy in the chest.

Sabarneh said he knew the family, who lived in the town, and had spoken to the father. The Israeli military stated that it is investigating the incident and had no immediate comments.

On Saturday, a 17-year-old Palestinian died from wounds he received the day before. Mohammed Munir al-Tamimi, who suffered gunshot wounds, died in hospital, the Palestinian health ministry said, a day after violence in the flashpoint Palestinian village of Beita.

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered on Friday afternoon in Beita, a hot spot in recent months, to protest the sudden settlement of Eviatar by Israelis, located nearby.

The clashes pitted Palestinians against Israeli soldiers and resulted in 320 Palestinians being wounded, according to the Red Crescent.

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