IP- Israeli forces shot dead an 18-year-old Palestinian during a raid in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, amid one of the deadliest periods of violence in the area in years.

Iran PressMiddle East:  The Israeli military said soldiers shot at suspects who fired and hurled explosives and stones at troops operating around the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm. It said hits were identified but reported no injuries to its forces.

The health ministry said Mahmoud Abu Sa'an was shot in the head in Tulkarm during what the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said was a military operation in a nearby refugee camp that led to confrontations with Palestinians.

Some 40,700 Palestinians are registered with the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees in two camps in the Tulkarm area. They are Palestinian refugees, or their descendants, who were forced out or fled their homes during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

Violence in the West Bank has worsened over the past 15 months amid stepped-up Israeli raids, Palestinian street attacks, and rampages by Jewish settlers on Palestinian villages.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry described Abu Sa'an's killing as a "field execution" and called the International Criminal Court to "break its silence and promptly complete its investigation into the crimes of the occupation."


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