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Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank on August 9, 2014Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank on August 9, 2014

Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank on August 9, 2014Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank on August 9, 2014

An 11-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli troops in a refugee camp in the southern West Bank on Sunday, relatives and Palestinian medics said.

Khalil Mohammed al-Anati had been playing outside his home at one end of Al-Fawwar refugee camp, southwest of the flashpoint city of Hebron, when an Israeli unit moved into the area, his uncle told AFP.

"We don't know what they (the Israelis) were doing," said Yussef al-Anati, crying, his shirt soaked in blood after carrying his nephew to hospital.

"Khalil was playing in front of the house, then we heard gunfire. The kid was screaming and fell down," he said. "He was shot in the back and the bullet exited through his stomach."

A medical official confirmed his death.

The Israeli military said it was looking into the reports.

Dozens of relatives and people gathered outside the morgue where the child's body was taken. The funeral was to be held later Sunday.

Sunday's shooting followed two consecutive days of clashes in the West Bank between Israeli troops and Palestinians protesting against Israel's ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.

On Saturday, 15 Palestinians were injured in Hebron when troops dispersed stone throwers with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live fire after the funeral of a Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli forces at a Gaza protest on Friday.

Date created : 2014-08-10