Israeli forces shot and killed a 16-year-old boy in an operation in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that the name of the deceased teenager is Amer Abu Zaytun. He was shot in the head on Thursday morning.

Abu Zaytoun is the fourth Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank this year. More than 170 people were killed in the territory as well as East Jerusalem last year. Another 15-year-old Palestinian boy, Adam Ayyad, was wounded by Israeli forces on Tuesday and later died.

Israeli special forces raided the Balata refugee camp in Nablus early Thursday, sparking clashes with armed fighters.

According to Nablus-based journalist Bakr Abdelhaq, residents said Abu Zaytun was shot dead while walking in the camp. ‘It’s hard to know exactly what happened because these things happen at night and in the narrow streets of the camp,’ he told Al Jazeera.

Local media outlets said CCTV camera footage showed Abu Zaytun walking and then running before he was killed. However, Al Jazeera could not independently verify the footage.

Armed Palestinians opened fire on a joint team of soldiers, border police and intelligence agents conducting an operation in Balata, Israeli police said. Israeli forces then ‘shot dead an armed man who opened fire on the forces at close range.’

At least two more Palestinians were wounded by live ammunition during the operation and two were arrested.

Abdelhaq said, ‘There has been an armed conflict. They surrounded the house of ex-prisoner Hassan Aresheh and then raided it. The family members were beaten inside before he was arrested.

The UN said 2022 was the deadliest year for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since 2006. Last year, more than 30 children were among the dead and at least 9,000 Palestinians were injured.

Israeli forces have killed civilians they encounter during operations, unwitting bystanders, as well as targeted killings of Palestinian fighters and during armed clashes.

Although Israel conducts regular operations in the occupied West Bank, its forces have stepped up the policy following a series of Palestinian attacks in March last year. More than 30 people have been killed in Palestinian attacks throughout the year.

(January 5)