Palestinian Teen Dies after he Was Shot by Israeli Troops in West Bank

Palestinian mourners carry the body of  Ramzi Hamed, 17, during his funeral in the village of Silwad near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 07, August 2023. EPA/ALAA BADARNEH
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ramzi Hamed, 17, during his funeral in the village of Silwad near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 07, August 2023. EPA/ALAA BADARNEH
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Palestinian Teen Dies after he Was Shot by Israeli Troops in West Bank

Palestinian mourners carry the body of  Ramzi Hamed, 17, during his funeral in the village of Silwad near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 07, August 2023. EPA/ALAA BADARNEH
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ramzi Hamed, 17, during his funeral in the village of Silwad near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 07, August 2023. EPA/ALAA BADARNEH

A Palestinian teenager who was shot by Israeli troops last week after throwing a firebomb in the occupied West Bank died Monday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Palestinian official news agency Wafa reported that Ramzi Hamed, 17, was shot near the West Bank settlement of Ofra, near his hometown of Silwad north of Ramallah.

Fathi Hamed, the boy's father, told The Associated Press that his son was shot by Israeli troops early last Wednesday after throwing firebombs at soldiers operating near Silwad.

The Israeli military said “it appears” that Hamed had thrown the firebomb toward the settlement's front gate. It provided security camera footage of what it said was the incident, in which a young male is seen getting out of a vehicle, throwing a firebomb and speeding away in a car after an explosion. It was not immediately clear how close the explosion was to security forces or when the teen was shot.

On Monday, the Israeli military said troops arrested 17 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight. Israeli media reported that five of those arrested were suspected of involvement in clashes with Israeli settlers on Friday that left one Palestinian dead.

Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank on Friday. They set fire to cars and fired on Palestinians who threw stones at them. Two Israeli settlers suspected of killing 19-year-old Palestinian Qusai Matan remained in police custody on Monday.



Israel Prefers Diplomacy to End Hezbollah Conflict, Security Adviser Says 

Smoke billows during Israeli bombardment on the village of Khiam in south Lebanon near the border with Israel on June 8, 2024 amid ongoing cross-border tensions as fighting continues between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
Smoke billows during Israeli bombardment on the village of Khiam in south Lebanon near the border with Israel on June 8, 2024 amid ongoing cross-border tensions as fighting continues between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
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Israel Prefers Diplomacy to End Hezbollah Conflict, Security Adviser Says 

Smoke billows during Israeli bombardment on the village of Khiam in south Lebanon near the border with Israel on June 8, 2024 amid ongoing cross-border tensions as fighting continues between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
Smoke billows during Israeli bombardment on the village of Khiam in south Lebanon near the border with Israel on June 8, 2024 amid ongoing cross-border tensions as fighting continues between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (AFP)

Israel will spend the coming weeks trying to resolve the conflict with Lebanon's Iran-backed group Hezbollah and would prefer a diplomatic solution, Israel's national security adviser said on Tuesday.

National security adviser Tzachi Hanegbi said Israel had been discussing with US officials the possibility that an expected end of intense Israeli military operations in Gaza would allow an "arrangement" to be reached with Hezbollah.

Iran-backed Hezbollah began attacking Israel from the north shortly after Palestinian group Hamas' Oct. 7 assault on southern Israel, which sparked the war in Gaza.

Shelling on Israel's northern border has led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from areas on both sides of the frontier, and has escalated in recent weeks, leading to fears of an all-out conflict.

"We and the Americans believe and we will dedicate weeks now in an attempt to reach an arrangement," Hanegbi said at the Herzliya conference.

"If there will not be an arrangement through diplomatic means, everyone understands that there must be an arrangement through other means. For now, we prefer to focus on the diplomatic campaign," he said.