IDF troops shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian youth during operations in Hebron on Tuesday. The troops said that the boy appeared to be holding an M-16 rifle. After the shooting, the troops found that that the youth had been holding a plastic replica of an M-16. The IDF initiated an investigation of the incident, which occurred in the Luza neighborhood, south Hebron. Ahmed Asaqasi's body was taken to a hospital in the West Bank city but his identity was not yet revealed. Palestinian doctors said that the youth was shot several times in his upper body. Palestinians reported that the 15-year-old was playing with other children when IDF soldiers saw him holding the toy gun and opened fire.