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Israeli forces shoot Palestinian protestor in the face near Jerusalem

Nov. 8, 2013 10:40 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 9, 2013 5:04 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces seriously injured a Palestinian teenager in clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces at Kabsa junction between al-Eizariya and Abu Dis on Friday.

Usaid Afana, 16, was hit by a stun grenade in the face when Israeli forces attempted to disperse a demonstration on Friday.

Afana lost consciousness, suffered internal bleeding and a skull fracture, local popular resistance committees spokesman Hani Halabiya said. He was subsequently taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Halabiya added that Israeli forces detained 3 Palestinians in the course of the clashes, but they were not identified.

Kabsa junction is a frequent site of Palestinian protest due to its location immediately adjacent to the Israeli separation wall, which cuts the area off from East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces frequently raid the area, which is near a campus of al-Quds University, to conduct arrests and home demolitions. These raids often lead to clashes.

Israel began building the separation wall in 2002, and the route has been the target of regular demonstrations by towns whose land is cut off by its path. Israel has confiscated large plots of Palestinian land in order to build the wall.

When the 435-mile barrier is complete, 85 percent of it will have been built inside the occupied West Bank.

In 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled that the separation wall was illegal and "tantamount to annexation."

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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