Palestinian child shot in head during West Bank clashes: Ministry

Palestinian paramedics carry away a colleague injured during protests along the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Friday. — AFP

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian child was seriously wounded on Friday during clashes between Israeli forces and protesters in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry and official media said.

In a statement the ministry said the child was in the operating room in a "critical condition, after being shot in the head with live ammunition".

Official news agency Wafa named him as Abdelrahman Shteiwi, saying he was 10 years old and was wounded during clashes in Kafr Qaddum near Nablus in the northern West Bank.

It said he had been shot by Israeli live fire in the head, while other reports said it was a rubber-coated bullet.

Residents of Kafr Qaddum regularly protest against the Israeli closure of a nearby road.

An eyewitness accused the Israeli army of using unusually violent tactics to break up Friday's protest.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said around 60 people took part in a "riot."

"The rioters burned tires and hurled rocks toward IDF troops. In response, the troops used riot dispersal means," she said.

She added reports of a Palestinian being injured were being "looked into".

Meanwhile, at least 33 Palestinians were shot and wounded during weekly demonstrations and clashes on Friday along the Gaza-Israel border, according to the Hamas-run health ministry in the coastal enclave. — AFP