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Israeli forces shoot 4 protesters in al-Jalazun camp clashes

Jan. 10, 2014 6:49 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 12, 2014 12:11 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinians were injured by live bullets during clashes with Israeli soldiers in al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah on Friday, locals said.

Israeli forces chased Palestinians down the alleys of the camp and fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas at Palestinians who threw stones and empty bottles in return.

No Palestinians were detained during the clashes, despite the attempts of Israeli forces.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "violence and illegal riots" had erupted in the camp and Israeli forces used "riot dispersal means" to contain them.

She said that Israeli forces subsequently resorted to opening fire with "22 caliber bullets towards the instigators' lower extremities."

"Four hits were confirmed," she added.

In December, an Israeli sniper shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in the back in al-Jalazun refugee camp.

Human Rights Watch said on Sunday that there was no evidence of "any threat to life that would justify such a killing," by Israeli forces.

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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