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Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli military in Qalqilya

Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli military in Qalqilya in West Bank
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The Palestinian victim was identified as 15-year-old Naeem Abdullah Samha, who was shot in the chest by Israeli forces in Qalqilya.
Qalqilya, and much of the West Bank, has been the site of Israel's violent raids over the years [Getty/file photo]

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank city of Qalqilya on Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Naeem Abdullah Samha, 15, was killed "by occupation (Israeli army) bullets" in Qalqilya, the Palestinian health ministry in Ramallah said in a statement.

The Palestinian official news agency Wafa, citing local sources, reported that Samha was shot in the chest.

He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead of his wounds, Wafa said, which gave no reason for the shooting.

Israeli forces regularly carry out raids in the West Bank, including Qalqilya. Incursions in the occupied territory have intensified since the start of Israel's war in Gaza on October 7.

At least 547 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army and settlers in the occupied territory since, and over 8,000 Palestinians have been detained as well.

In another development at the entrance to Qalqilya earlier on Thursday, a 78-year-old Israeli man was carjacked by several suspects and later died of his injuries, Israeli police said.

It is unclear if the two incidents in the area were connected.

The West Bank. occupied by Israel since 1967, is home to about 490,000 Israeli settlers who live in communities considered illegal under international law.