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Clashes near Jerusalem: 2 injured, 5 detained

March 23, 2011 5:15 P.M. (Updated: March 24, 2011 12:16 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured and five others detained during clashes that erupted between Israeli forces and residents of the Jerusalem-district village of Qatanna Wednesday afternoon.

Residents said the clash started when an Israeli patrol entered the village, adjacent to the separation wall northwest of the Old City of Jerusalem.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers were not involved in the incident, and an Israeli border police spokesperson did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment.

Jerusalem municipality spokesman Abu Silman identified those injured as Mujahed Samer Al-Faqih, 16, and Yehya Abdel Salam Shamasneh, who were both hit with rubber-coated bullets. One witness said live fire was also used.

Abu Silman said five others were detained, all between 15-16 years old. They were identified as Huthiefa Ali Shamasneh, Hamza Ahmad Faqih, Mohammad Saleh Shamasneh, Ismail Ayman Ismail Shmasneh and Mahmoud Omer Al-Faqih.

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