Israel demolishes home of Palestinian who killed US tourist

A Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops overnight was probably an innocent bystander, despite the Israeli army's initial claim that he had been throwing stones at cars.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that three Palestinian minors sustained serious injuries after being shot by Israeli forces in the head and chest, and were evacuated to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah City.

Israeli troops have mistakenly killed a Palestinian boy while responding with gunfire to stones being thrown at Israeli vehicles in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said.

"The killing of Badran proves again that Netanyahu's government is a government of extremists and settlers who engage daily in the worst expressions of state-sponsored terrorism against the Palestinian people", the statement added.

The mayor of the village the Palestinian came from said he was a 15-year-old boy.

The incident took place after more than eight months of shooting, stabbing and vehicular attacks by Palestinians against Israelis that have left 33 Israelis and four foreign nationals, including two Americans, dead.

The incident, in the early hours of the morning, occurred on a main highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that traverses the West Bank, the military said. "Two additional suspects were arrested".

The incident comes amid a months-long wave of violence in Israel and the West Bank. More than 200 Palestinians - mostly attackers, Israel says - have also been killed in that period.

An army spokeswoman said the Palestinian carried out the March 8 seafront knife attacks which killed 29-year-old Texan Taylor Allen Force and wounded at least 10 Israelis as US Vice President Joe Biden arrived for a visit.

The Palestinian Authority, however, has expressed support for the French initiative, something Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated during a phone call with French President Francois Hollande on Saturday.

Israel says it carries out housing demolitions to deter future attacks.

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