According to initial media reports, IDF troops arrived at a road in the South Hebron Hills to investigate reports that rocks had been placed on the motorway, blocking it.
The patrol then heard an explosion nearby and soon found the youth’s body.
Officials told Walla news they were checking whether the teenager had attempted to hurl a grenade or other explosive at the soldiers when it detonated in his hands.
Walla further reported that a large contingent of security forces was sent to the scene of the incident to help investigate and prevent any riots or disorder.
The incident came following days of unrest in and around Jerusalem’s Temple Mount which have raised tensions in the region.
Israel said Monday thousands of police would be deployed in the capital ahead of the Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha holidays.
Authorities also said 66 people had been arrested in Jerusalem over the past week, including some detained in connection with the unrest at al-Aqsa Mosque, which saw Israeli police clash several times with rioters.
Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday night and lasts until Wednesday evening, with thousands of Jews expected to visit the Western Wall below the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, called Haram al-Sharif or the al-Aqsa compound by Muslims.
The Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday begins on Wednesday evening and continues until Sunday.
Last week’s clashes occurred during the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah.
Police said they raided the Temple Mount to stop youths who had barricaded themselves inside the mosque from disrupting visits by Jews and tourists. They found pipe bombs and other weaponry.
Clashes broke out during the raids, with protesters throwing fireworks, stones and other objects at police, who fired stun grenades.
There were also clashes in the alleyways of the Old City outside the compound. Friday saw further unrest in the West Bank and sporadically in Jerusalem.
AFP contributed to this report.
But interestingly, they did find time to report about this shameful incident (NRK.no story). (Story below also lifted from timesofisrael.com)
The commander of the Israel Defense Force troops seen assaulting two reporters from a foreign news agency on Friday in the West Bank was removed from his post, the military said late Saturday.
The IDF said earlier that it had launched a probe into the incident in which two AFP journalists were attacked by troops — an attack partly caught on camera — and that disciplinary measures would be taken.
“The preliminary review of the occurrences in Beit Furik revealed that the officer in charge did not conduct himself in accordance to professional expectations. Following the review, the commander was suspended from operational duty.,” the IDF said in a statement.
“The IDF considers the incident grave, and in contravention of its code of ethics and professional standards,” the statement read, adding that the investigation was ongoing.
According to AFP, IDF soldiers seized and destroyed equipment belonging to two of its journalists near Nablus on Friday, and a video journalist with the agency, Italian Andrea Bernardi, was thrown to the ground and jabbed in the side with a weapon. The agency said Bernardi was held down on the ground by a soldier, one knee on his chest, until he managed to show his press card. Bernardi suffered bruised ribs and a facial injury.
AFP said the soldiers pointed their weapons at Bernardi and his colleague, Palestinian photographer Abbas Momani. They also allegedly smashed a video camera and a camera for photographs and took away another camera and a mobile phone. Some of the incident is caught on the video.
At the time both journalists were wearing body armor clearly marked “Press,” AFP said.
After the AFP complaint, the army said that “from the initial investigation it appears that the force did not operate as is expected of them, and [was] in contravention of regulations.”
After the incident on Friday, Army spokesman Colonel Peter Lerner told the agency that the highest levels of command are aware of the incident, including the head of IDF troops in the West Bank.
Earlier Saturday, the Foreign Press Association condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the “deplorable” behavior of Israeli army troops who it said assaulted the two journalists.
The Foreign Press Association (FPA), which works with foreign journalists based in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, said that while it welcomed the IDF probe, “our concern is that had this not been caught on camera, nothing would be done.”
In the statement, the association said the assault caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.
“Units of the IDF too frequently act with impunity and apparently outside of their orders in direct contradiction with the ideal of high morals Israel’s military says it adheres to. The Foreign Press Association has raised its concerns with the IDF on multiple occasions but seen no discernible change in behavior,” the FPA said.
“It is time for the IDF command to act, to show it respects the freedom of the press and that it has control over the behavior of soldiers on the ground,” it added.
The two journalists had been covering clashes between Palestinians and soldiers when some troops took them aside, swore at them in English and told them to stop recording events, AFP said.
Friday’s clashes between Palestinians and troops at Beit Furik came after the funeral of Ahmed Khatatbeh, 26, who died of his wounds after being shot by soldiers near Nablus in the northern West Bank. The army said he and another man had thrown a firebomb at a vehicle on a road to the settlement of Itamar.
Why is it that the Norwegian press is so very reluctant to report violence instigated by Palestinians, while they run on their little feet to publish every wrongdoing by Israel. By the way, also in that respect they are highly selective, in as much as they have omitted the fact that the commander in question has been dismissed and is being investigated.