Palestinian teen shot dead in West Bank

Israeli soldiers gather next to their vehicle during clashes with Palestinians in the West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron), December 12, 2012.

A Palestinian teenager has been shot dead by Israeli military forces in the northern West Bank, Palestinian medical and security sources say.

Seventeen-year-old Samir Ahmed Awad was killed instantly after being shot by Israeli forces in the chest and the leg near the village of Ras Karkar, some 10 kilometers (about six miles) northwest of the city of Ramallah.

Earlier, another young Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops.

A 21-year-old farmer, Mustafa Abu Jirad, was shot in the head near the city of Beit Lahia on Monday.

On January 11, a Palestinian man was killed and another injured by Israeli army gunfire in northern Gaza. The two men, one of them a 20-year-old farmer, were hit by live fire east of Jabaliya.

Israel launched a major military offensive against the besieged Palestinian territory on November 14, which lasted until November 21, 2012. The war left more than 160 Palestinians, including many women and children, dead and about 1,200 others injured.