Arabs jump over fence outside of Bethlehem en route to Jerusalem (archive)
Arabs jump over fence outside of Bethlehem en route to Jerusalem (archive) Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90

A Palestinian Arab teenager was shot dead by Israeli security forces just outside of Jerusalem Friday morning, the Palestinian Authority health department said.

In a statement the PA health ministry said Abdullah Ghaith, 16, "died after he was shot by Israeli occupation soldiers close to Bethlehem and his heart and lungs were penetrated."

Palestinian media suggested he was shot while attempting to breach an Israeli fence to infiltrate into Jerusalem. Arab outlets claimed the teen wanted to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

A 21-year-old Palestinian Arab was wounded in the incident.

Israeli police confirmed that Ghaith had been attempting to breach Israel's security fence.

"Our forces fired towards a Palestinian attempting to cross over the security fence in the Bethlehem area," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Earlier on Friday, a 19-year-old Arab terrorist from the Palestinian Authority stabbed two Israelis in the Old City of Jerusalem, leaving one in critical condition, the other in moderate condition.

Israeli police shot and killed the terrorist.

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