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Five Palestinian teenagers injured by Israeli fire near Bethlehem

April 23, 2008 9:27 A.M. (Updated: April 23, 2008 9:27 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Five Palestinian teenagers were injured when Israeli soldiers opened fire on them as they threw stones at Israeli patrols near Deheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank on Tuesday evening.

Palestinian medical sources identified the injured as 15-year-old Walid Rizq, 18-year-old Ahmad Muhaisin, 18-year-old Isma'il Shadhily, 16-year-old Muhammad Iraqi and 13-year-old Abdullah Afandi who was shot in the chest.

Ma'an's reporter quoted eyewitnesses as saying that three Israeli patrols passed near the camp, and Palestinian youths started throwing stones at them. The soldier sitting in the front seat of the third patrol started shooting indiscriminately at the youths injuring five of a group of about ten stone-throwing boys.

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