“During routine activity to secure Route 60,” Israeli forces "spotted two suspects attempting to throw Molotov cocktails at vehicles" on the highway, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an. The forces then opened fire on the teenagers, killing one and detaining another, the spokesperson said.
Witnesses told Ma'an that they saw a child lying on the ground after hearing gunshots where Israeli forces were deployed in the al-Hawawer area of Halhul city. One witness told Ma'an that they saw Israeli soldiers putting the child into a black bag.Another child was seen handcuffed and blindfolded.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said Israeli soldiers prevented paramedics from reaching the scene and treating those potentially injured. The child killed was identified as 14-year-old Haitham Ismail al-Baw. His cousin, Wajdi Yusif al-Baw,12, was reportedly injured during the incident. The army spokesperson said that vehicles driving on Route 60 have frequently been targeted by Molotov cocktails in recent months.