Six-year-old Palestinian Yousef Bayan al-Tabib in the Qalqilya Hospital after being shot by a suspected Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank on Oct. 3, 2015. (MaanImages)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army on Saturday rejected the "involvement of Israeli civilians" in the shooting of a six-year-old Palestinian near Qalqiliya in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day, amid reports that the child was accidentally shot by a relative.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that following a military review of the shooting, "any involvement of Israeli civilians" had been ruled out, saying that any reports that said otherwise were "utterly false."
The spokesperson said that an investigation by Israel's Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories concluded that the child was wounded following the unintentional discharge of a weapon by another Palestinian.
The military review conflicts with initial reports from family members that the child, Yousef Bayan al-Tabib, was standing on the side of the road when an Israeli settler stopped his car, shot the child in the stomach, and fled the scene.
Palestinian Authority security sources said that they were following up on the child's death after initial reports from relatives appeared to be false.
They told Ma'an that they had started the follow up after receiving an Israeli version of the story rejecting that al-Tabib was shot by Israeli settlers and was instead injured as a result of a relative "messing with" a gun.
At the time of the attack, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that the army had received reports of the attack and that Israeli forces had arrived on scene and were "investigating any indication that the attack happened."
The child was taken to the Qalqiliya Hospital for treatment.
The initial report was quickly circulated by Palestinian media earlier on Saturday as the shooting coincided with an eruption of attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank on Thursday night and Friday.
The attacks came in response to a fatal shooting of two Israeli settlers carried out by suspected Palestinian gunmen.