Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager near the West Bank city of Jenin on Tuesday, the Palestinian health ministry said, as violence surged in the occupied territory.
Meanwhile, in the southern West Bank, troops made two arrests in the deadly Monday shooting of a settler near the city of Hebron.
“Othman Mohammed Abu Khurog, 17, died after he was shot in the head by the occupation (Israeli forces),” the Palestinian health ministry said.
Abu Khurog was killed when clashes erupted in the small town of Zababdeh, southeast of Jenin, which Israeli forces had entered to make an arrest, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
The Israeli army said troops had opened fire after “explosive devices” were thrown at them. “A hit was identified,” it said in a statement.
Israeli troops routinely carry out incursions into areas such as Jenin which are nominally under the civil and security control of president Mahmud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority.
Abu Khurog’s death comes amid rising violence in the West Bank.
On Monday, Israeli settler Batsheva Nigri was shot dead from a passing vehicle while travelling in a car near Hebron with her daughter and a man.
Her daughter was unhurt but the man was seriously wounded, the army and medics said.
Two Palestinian residents of Hebron suspected of taking part in the shooting were arrested on Tuesday as troops pressed a manhunt for the woman’s killers, closing off roads in the area, the army said.
“During their initial questioning, the two linked themselves to carrying out the attack,” the army alleged, adding that they had turned in a weapon believed to have been used in the attack.
Nigri was a teacher and resident of Beit Hagai, an Israeli settlement south of Hebron.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, called her killing a “heroic act” and a “normal response” to the persistent expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The settlements are considered illegal under international law but, not counting annexed east Jerusalem, around 490,000 Israelis live in such communities alongside nearly three million Palestinians.
Nigri’s murder came two days after an Israeli father and son were shot dead at a car wash in the town of Huwara in the northern West Bank.
Israel has yet to make any arrests in those killings despite a search operation that has seen troops raid villages and carry out house-to-house searches.
The West Bank has been rocked by violence since early last year, with a string of attacks by Palestinians on Israeli targets, repeated deadly raids by the army and violence by settlers against Palestinian communities.
With the latest death, at least 219 Palestinians have been killed in violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so far this year.
The violence has also claimed the lives of 31 Israelis, a Ukrainian and an Italian, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on both sides.
They include, on the Palestinian side, combatants as well as civilians and, on the Israeli side, three members of the Arab minority.