A 10-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli gunfire Tuesday during a confrontation between troops and stone-throwers in a West Bank village, medics and witnesses said.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

The boy, Ahmed Moussa, was killed in the West Bank village of Naalin, site of frequent protests against Israel's separation barrier, which threatens to swallow up large tracts of Naalin's land.

On Tuesday, Israeli forces started erecting a makeshift fence to prevent protesters from reaching bulldozers clearing land for the barrier, said Salah Khawaja, a community organizer.

Troops fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets to disperse demonstrators trying to scale the fence, Khawaja said.

By late afternoon, the clashes had subsided, but several teenage boys remained in the area and kept throwing stones at the troops, Khawaja said.

He said soldiers fired more tear gas and then live bullets. The boy was killed by a shot to the forehead, according to medics and an AP reporter who saw his body at Ramallah Hospital.