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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Israeli forces shoot dead a Palestinian teen armed with a knife

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the teenager had been killed

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teen on Saturday in the occupied West Bank, police said.

A 17-year-old Palestinian approached a group of Israeli paramilitary policemen stationed at a West Bank junction, holding what appeared to be a bag, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, and the troops then called on him to stop.

The spokeswoman said the teenager took out a knife and "accosted one of the troops". The police opened fire and fatally shot the 17-year-old.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the teenager had been killed. There was no other comment from Palestinian officials.

At least 268 Palestinians and one Jordanian citizen have been killed since 2015.

Israel says at least 179 of those killed were carrying out attacks while others died in clashes and protests.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by the Palestinian leadership. The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, says desperation over the 50-year occupation of land sought by Palestinians for a state is the cause.

The last round of peace talks broke down in 2014.