West News Wire: According to Palestinian medical sources, an Israeli forces shot a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank the day before he passed away on Sunday.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, the 17-year-old was identified as Kamel Alawneh and “succumbed to wounds from live fire by the occupation [Israeli army] in the abdomen and hand in Jenin.”

Alawneh was hurt in Jaba, a village in the Jenin governorate in the north of the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian medical source told the AFP news agency.

After being shot in the stomach and arm during clashes with Israeli forces in Jaba on Saturday, Alawneh was taken to the hospital. He was operated on by medical professionals at the Ibn Sina Medical Center in Jenin, who pronounced him dead.

An Israeli army spokesperson accused Alawneh of throwing a Molotov cocktail at the soldiers, who fired at him, Haaretz reported. He did not provide evidence to support his claim. No Israelis were injured in the alleged incident.

Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi said Alwaneh was named after his brother who was killed in 2003 also by the Israeli army.

Forty-nine Palestinians have been killed since late March across Israel and the Palestinian territories.

They include Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who according to the United Nations was killed by Israeli army fire while covering a military raid in Jenin.

At least 19 people have been killed in Israel in attacks by Palestinian individuals since March.

Over the past few months, Israeli forces have especially intensified their raids on Jenin, particularly in the city’s refugee camp.

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