Israel forces kill Palestinian in Jerusalem: Palestinian official

Palestinians watch on October 14, 2015 as Israeli security forces set up a road block in the Ras al-Amud neighbourhood in east Jerusalem, where police reportedly shot and killed a Palestinian holding a petrol bomb during clashes on November 29 (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli) (AFP/File)

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli border police killed a Palestinian on Sunday during clashes in occupied east Jerusalem, an official at the Palestinian health ministry told AFP, identifying him as Ayman Samih Abassi, 17.

An Israeli police statement said that officers fired at a Palestinian holding a petrol bomb in the Ras al-Amud neighbourhood after they came under attack from a volley of the missiles, but they could not confirm hitting him.

"About 10 petrol bombs were thrown at border police officers in Ras al-Amud," the statement said.

"The force, whose lives were in immediate danger, fired at the lower body of a suspect who was seen with a petrol bomb in his hand," it added. "A hit could not be definitely identified."

Violence since October 1 has left 101 dead on the Palestinian side, including an Arab Israeli, as well as 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean.

Many of the Palestinians killed have been alleged attackers, while others have been shot dead by Israeli security forces during clashes.

A Palestinian prisoners' welfare group said that Abassi had been arrested by Israeli police twice in the past for taking part in clashes in east Jerusalem.