Israeli troops shot and seriously wounded a 12-year-old Palestinian boy during a clash in the West Bank on Tuesday, Palestinian security and medical officials told AFP.
They said that Atta Mohammed Sharadeh was hit during one of what have become almost daily clashes between young Palestinians and soldiers outside the Jelazoun refugee camp, near Ramallah.
The camp is close to the Israeli settlement of Beit El.
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The officials said that he was hit in the chest by a live bullet which exited through his back and was in critical condition in a Ramallah hospital.
An army spokeswoman told AFP that troops opened fire at a protester about to throw a petrol bomb as dozens of rioters hurled rocks at them.
"The soldiers instructed the suspect to stop and when he refused to do so they fired warning shots, which failed to deter the suspect," she said.
"To stop the individual the soldiers fired towards his lower extremities. He was injured and taken to a hospital."
She said that his age and identity were not known.