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16 injured in clashes with Israeli forces near Ramallah

Jan. 31, 2014 6:32 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 10:18 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Sixteen Palestinian youths were injured on Friday after Israeli forces opened fire on protesters during clashes near al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah.

Israeli forces fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets at demonstrators on the main road near the central West Bank refugee camp, as protesters marked two days since a youth from the camp named Muhammad Mubarak was shot dead by Israeli forces.

Medical sources told Ma'an that one of the injured, Mohammad Husam Safi, was shot with a live bullet in the neck and is currently in critical condition.

Among those injured were 13 victims who were identified by name as Qahir Majed Farraj, Majed Obada, Nour Khairi, Jaber Sharaka, Mohammad Hisham Ulayyan, Mahdi Abu Shareefa, Mohammad Ulayyan, Mohammad Hassouneh, Ibrahim Safi, who were injured by metal bullets and Ihab Saifi, Mohammad Abu Sbeih, Mohammad Nakhla and Jamal Nakhla who were injured by rubber coated steel bullets.

Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades, live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesters who responded with throwing empty bottles, firebombs, and stones.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that approximately 200 Palestinians "hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails" at Israeli soldiers, who fired at protesters in response.

She added that one hit was confirmed during the "violent and illegal riot."

Muhammad Mubarak was killed by Israeli forces while he was working on a USAID funded project on a main road on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses said that Mubarak was shot dead after Israeli forces harassed him and forced him to take his clothes off while he was "carrying a sign to direct the traffic."

Israel's army said Mubarak opened fire at Israeli forces in the area.
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