‘A Palestinian-American teenager has been shot dead by Israeli troops who claim they were trying to prevent a “Molotov cocktail” attack amid clashes near Ramallah. The US State Department has called for a “speedy and transparent investigation.”
The 14-year old teenager was identified as Orwa Hammad. The US consulate confirmed that Hammad held a US passport, while local media reports that the teenager’s father lives in the United States.
“We can confirm now that the teenager who was killed was an American citizen,” consulate spokesman Leslie Ordeman told AFP, without commenting further. Times of Israel reports that the boy was born in New Orleans and came to the West Bank at age six. The US State Department meanwhile called for an investigation of the incident.
“We call for a speedy and transparent investigation, and will remain closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation. We continue to urge all parties to help restore calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of the tragic recent incidents in Jerusalem and the West Bank,” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.’