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Palestinian health ministry says boy killed by Israeli troops

13-year-old Ghassan Gharib Zahran was buried within hours of being killed during an Israeli raid in an occupied West Bank village
— Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP)

The Palestinian health ministry said Tuesday that Israeli troops shot and killed a 13-year-old boy near the occupied West Bank's main city of Ramallah.

The Israeli army also bulldozed the main street in the Nur Shams refugee camp in a 15-hour raid, officials said, highlighting a spike in tensions since the Gaza war erupted on October 7.

Ghassan Gharib Zahran "was martyred by occupation bullets" at Deir Abu Mishal, near Ramallah, a health ministry statement said.

The Israeli army told AFP that "terrorists threw stones at Israeli vehicles in the Deir Abu Mishal area".

Troops "responded by opening fire... which led to the injury of one of the terrorists", the army added in a statement.

The boy's cousin, Munther Zahran, said the dead boy was hit by a "bullet in the stomach" while he was in Deir Abu Mishal's main street.

"The road is used by settlers and the army is constantly monitoring it," he added.

Destruction in the main street of the Nur Shams refugee camp in the occupied West Bank after an Israeli army raid

The boy's body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag and carried through the streets of Ramallah for his funeral, just hours after the shooting.

Occupied by Israel since 1967, the West Bank has seen an escalation in violence since the Hamas attack on southern Israel set off a bitter conflict in the Gaza Strip over nine months ago.

At least 572 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by Israeli troops or settlers since October 7, according to Palestinian officials.

The Nur Shams camp, near Tulkarem, has also been the target of several army operations in recent weeks.

Army bulldozers tore up the camp's main street and destroyed several buildings on Tuesday, an AFP journalist saw.

The army said one person was arrested and that it blew up "dozens of explosives hidden under the road to injure our soldiers."

Palestinian Authority prime minister Mohammed Mustafa said there would be major "humanitarian repercussions" from the Israeli action.

"Recent events have shown the unprecedented destruction of essential infrastructure, including the water and electricity networks, and significant demolition" of Palestinian homes, Mustafa said in a statement.