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Palestinian boy shot in West Bank
Israeli forces on operations near Jenin
Israeli forces have been rounding up alleged militants in the West Bank
A Palestinian boy has been transferred to an Israeli hospital after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.

Initial reports said that 12-year-old Ahmed Ismail Khatib had been killed.

He is in a critical condition after being shot in the body and head while throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers in the West Bank town of Jenin.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said a soldier was lightly wounded by a mortar fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel by Palestinian militants.

The young boy was shot during renewed clashes in Jenin where Israeli forces are trying to round up or kill suspected militants.

Earlier on Thursday, 30 Israeli army Jeeps supported by Apache helicopters moved into the centre of Jenin, the AFP agency reported.

Islamic Jihad said it was behind a suicide bombing in the Israeli town of Hadera that killed five Israelis on 26 October.

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