Teen shot in West Bank by Israeli military, activists say

Story highlights

  • An activist group says the Palestinian teen was ambushed and shot four times
  • The Israeli military says it appears some Palestinians were trying to infiltrate Israel
  • An investigation is underway, the Israeli military says

A Palestinian teen was shot and killed by the Israeli military in West Bank on Tuesday, an activist group said.

But the Israeli military gave a different account of what happened.

The 16-year-old teen was in Budrus, northwest of Ramallah, when he was "ambushed," said Ayad Mrar, a leader of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee -- a Palestianian activist group.

He "was walking with his friends to enjoy the weather on the last day of mid-terms and was ambushed by the Israeli military and shot four times," Mrar said.

The Israeli military said it was investigating reports of a casualty.

"An initial examination suggests that a short while ago, several Palestinians approached the security fence in the village of Budrus and damaged the fence," a military spokesman said, "basically attempting infiltration into Israel. (Israeli) soldiers at the scene responded immediately in order to secure the area and prevent infiltration."