US confirms dead Palestinian teen was US citizen

A Palestinian demonstrator uses a sling shot to throw a stone towards Israeli security forces during clashes on September 19, 2014, in the West Bank village of Silwad (AFP Photo/Abbas Momani)

Washington (AFP) - Washington confirmed Friday that a Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops was a US citizen -- the second time this week an American child has fallen victim to the ongoing conflict.

"The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a US citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad on October 24," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Calling for "a speedy and transparent investigation," Psaki said officials from the US consulate in Jerusalem were in touch with the family of the slain youth.

Palestinian officials named the boy as Orwa Hammad, 17, saying he was shot during a stone-throwing protest against troops, a regular occurrence at Silwad, near Ofra settlement.

Israeli troops said he had been about to throw a petrol bomb at Israeli motorists near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Tensions have been high since a Palestinian plowed his car into a crowd of Israelis in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl who was also an American citizen.

"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," said Psaki.