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2 Palestinians shot, injured by Israeli troops during clashes north of Jerusalem

May 11, 2016 10:14 A.M. (Updated: May 11, 2016 3:16 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli troops shot and injured two young Palestinian men, one of them seriously, during clashes in the village of Kafr Aqab north of occupied East Jerusalem early on Wednesday morning.

Locals told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops stormed Kafr Aqab and the nearby Qalandiya refugee camp, leading local youths to clash with them.

Witnesses said Israeli troops fired gunshots in every direction as they ransacked homes and shops in Kafr Aqab.

Palestinian medical sources said ambulances evacuated a young Palestinian man in serious condition to a hospital in East Jerusalem after he was shot in the chest.

Another young man was evacuated to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah after being shot in the leg. Doctors described his wound as moderate.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that clashes occurred in the area following "routine activity" by Israeli forces, saying that a "violent mob attacked the soldiers with firebombs and boulders." She added that the soldiers reportedly fired in the air in response.

The spokeswoman said that the army was aware that a Palestinian had been shot in the chest, adding that the case was "being reviewed."

Palestinians are frequently injured during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territory. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at least 348 Palestinians, 94 of them children, were wounded by Israeli soldiers in the month of March alone.
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