Israeli troops on Friday shot dead a Ramallah-born teenager, 17, with U.S. citizenship, who the army said was about to hurl a petrol bomb at Israeli motorists near the city of Ramallah. “The forces fired immediately to neutralize the danger… and confirmed a hit,” said an IDF spokeswoman.
AFP An army spokeswoman said troops posted at the village of Silwad to protect a major road widely used by Jewish residents in the area spotted a person about to hurl a petrol bomb. Palestinian officials named the youth as Orwa Hammad, 17, saying he was shot during a stone-throwing protest against troops, a regular occurrence at Silwad, near Ofra settlement.
The US consulate in Jerusalem said the young jihadi held US citizenship, while locals in Silwad said Hammad’s father lives in the United States. “We can confirm now that the teenager who was killed was an American citizen,” consulate spokesman Leslie Ordeman told AFP, without commenting further. Orwa Abd al-Wahhab Hammad was born in Ramallah and moved with his family to New Orleans, according to his brother Mohammad.
On Friday, police in Jerusalem clashed with Palestinians, firing tear gas to disperse stone-throwing protesters. They were deployed ahead of weekly Muslim prayers as the army restricted access to a flashpoint mosque, after a deadly Palestinian attack sent tensions soaring.
Nightly clashes have broken out since a Palestinian ploughed his car into a crowd of Israelis on Wednesday, killing a baby, who Washington said was a US citizen, and injuring six other people before he was shot dead by police.