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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian youths at checkpoint

Jan. 31, 2014 11:21 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 6:12 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian youths were shot and injured by Israeli forces early Friday at a checkpoint east of Jerusalem in the West Bank, witnesses said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that 19-year-old Jawhar Nasser Jawhar was injured by Israeli fire at al-Zaayyem checkpoint near Abu Dis.

Jawhar remains in Israeli custody, and was not immediately given access to first aid, witnesses said.

Additionally, Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17, was injured in the incident.

His mother Svetlana, a Ukrainian citizen, said that her son was admitted to an Israeli hospital.

She spoke to Ma'an via telephone from the hospital, where she said she was being prevented from seeing her son. She said Israeli soldiers instructed doctors not to answer her questions about his health.

Israeli forces also threatened to deport her to Ukraine, she said.

An Israeli Border Police spokesman was unable to be reached for comment.

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