Medical staff say Israeli troops have shot dead a 12-year-old Palestinian boy during a confrontation over Israel’s separation barrier in the occupied West Bank.
Eyewitnesses say the boy was shot in the head when soldiers fired live rounds towards a group of protestors near the flashpoint village of Naalin.
A military spokesman in Tel Aviv said the army had begun a full investigation with the help of the Palestinian authorities.
The demonstrations at Naalin frequently develop into clashes between stone-throwing youths and troops.
Yesterday Israeli forces erected a makeshift fence to keep protestors from reaching bulldozers clearing olive groves for the barrier.
It is understood they opened fire after several tried to scale the fence.