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Israeli forces injure 15 Palestinians in clashes in al-Jalazun camp

Nov. 23, 2013 9:30 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 24, 2013 7:15 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot 15 Palestinians with live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets, and dozens of others suffered from tear gas inhalation in clashes in Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah on Saturday afternoon.

Clashes broke out after Palestinians tried to stop Israeli settlers from throwing rocks at passing cars on the road between Nablus and Ramallah.

Palestinians threw rocks at settlers in order to prevent their attacks on passing vehicles.

Israeli forces responded by attacking the Palestinians and firing rubber-coated steel bullets, live ammunition and tear gas canisters at them.

Medical sources said that five Palestinians were shot in the legs with the live ammo, and one of them was shot four times in the leg, and is in a serious condition.

10 other Palestinians were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "150 Palestinians threw rocks" at Israeli forces, and the Israeli troops used "riot dispersal means" against them.

On Friday, Israeli forces repressed protests in at least seven villages across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, leading to dozens of injuries among Palestinian protestors.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

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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