A 12-year-old Palestinian boy shot in the head and chest this week by Israeli soldiers died of his wounds on Saturday, Palestinian officials said. His father said his family had decided to donate the boy's organs to Israeli children who needed them.

Ahmad Khateep was critically wounded on Thursday during an Israeli army raid to detain suspected Palestinian guerrillas in the West Bank.

The Israeli army said soldiers in the Jenin refugee camp came under fire from Palestinian gunmen in several locations and returned fire, hitting the boy who they said was later discovered to have been holding a toy weapon.

The army expressed regret for the incident.

Khateep's body was transferred to Jenin from an Israeli hospital where he was being treated, Palestinian medics and a Palestinian security source said.

Before the body was moved, the boy's father, Ismail Khateep, told Israeli television that his family had decided to donate Ahmad's organs to Israeli children.

"We want to send a message of peace to Israeli society, to the Defense Ministry and the Israeli parliament," he said. Israeli forces "killed my son who was healthy and we want to give his organs to those who need them."

Israel demands that the Palestinian Authority disarm militants. The authority's president, Mahmoud Abbas, has said he prefers to negotiate with gunmen, fearing forced disarmament could lead to civil war.