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US calls for probe into death of Palestinian-American teen in West Bank

On Monday, the United States called for an investigation in response to the death of a 17-year-old Palestinian American in the West Bank, who was killed by Israeli forces, according to Palestinian health officials.

At the briefing, State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel said the US has requested an immediate investigation into the death of Tawfic Abdel Jabbar, who was killed on 19 January.

Palestinian health officials reported that the American-born teenager was killed by Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank. His uncle told Reuters that his death occurred amidst clashes with the Israeli military.

"We are devastated about the killing of 17-year-old US citizen, Tawfic Abdel Jabbar, in the West Bank," Patel told reporters."We have called for an urgent investigation to determine the circumstances of his death and accountability... as appropriate," he added.