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Police investigate injury of Palestinian lawmaker

March 31, 2012 1:17 P.M. (Updated: April 1, 2012 4:29 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) – Palestinian police have opened an investigation into the injury of a member of parliament at a protest Friday near Ramallah, officials said Saturday.

Mustafa Barghouti was injured during a demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint and transferred by ambulance to hospital.

Palestinian Authority investigators visited the lawmaker in his Ramallah hospital to check up on the circumstances surrounding the injury, a police report said and an aide to the lawmaker confirmed.

On Saturday, the aide told Ma'an he was injured by a tear-gas canister fired by Israeli forces. She said the police were informed of the circumstances during their visit to the hospital.

An Israeli military spokeswoman disputed Barghouti's account and said he was attacked by other Palestinians. He was "trying to convince youth in (Qalandiya) to riot," she said on Twitter.

A report on the case released by the police media office said Barghouti was injured in an altercation and taken to hospital. Police opened an investigation to determine the circumstances, the report says.

Barghouti heads the Palestinian National Initiative and is a former presidential candidate.
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