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Israeli soldiers assault two Palestinians near Ramallah

Dec. 22, 2015 7:00 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 22, 2015 8:31 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers on Tuesday assaulted two young Palestinian men, critically injuring one of them, in the town of Silwad northwest of Ramallah, locals said.

The Palestinians were reportedly stopped at a checkpoint set up by Israeli soldiers at Silwad's western entrance. The soldiers then handcuffed and physically assaulted the two for more than half an hour.

Both Palestinians were taken to hospital for treatment afterward, and one of them, identified as Muhammad Nitham Hamed, was reported to have been in critical condition.

On Monday, Israeli forces were reported to have shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy during clashes on the outskirts of Silwad.

Ahmad Jamal Qantawi was shot in his stomach, leg, and hand, medics told Ma'an, before he was evacuated to a hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.

The Israeli army has come under sustained criticism from rights groups for its excessive use of violence against Palestinians.

Earlier this month, Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the number of violent beatings by Israeli soldiers, particularly of Palestinian detainees, was on the rise.

Israeli army sources told Haaretz that the large number of Israeli forces deployed across the occupied West Bank, as well as an increase in detention raids since early October, had led to the increase in instances of violence by soldiers.
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