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Israeli Military Kills Palestinian-American Youth

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Israeli Defense Forces have killed a Palestinian-American teenager.

The U.S. State Department has called for a quick and transparent investigation into the killing of Orwah Hammad, who was 14 years old.

The IDF said an "attack was prevented" when the military fired on the youth they say was throwing a Molotov cocktail on a highway Friday evening in the West Bank town of Silwad.

Earlier in the week, a Palestinian drove his car into a Jerusalem train station, killing a three-month-old baby who was also a U.S. citizen. Eight other people were wounded in the attack Wednesday. The driver was shot dead by police.

Tensions have been high since June when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed by Palestinian militants in the West Bank. Jewish militants retaliated by kidnapping and killing a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem, sparking riots. The kidnappings set off a series of events that led to the 50-day Gaza war.