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Israeli troops shoot, injure Palestinian teen at flying checkpoint

Feb. 15, 2014 12:19 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 19, 2014 4:36 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday opened fire at a vehicle traveling on a main road near an Israeli settlement south of Nablus, injuring a 17-year-old Palestinian girl, security sources said.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that Israeli troops operating a flying checkpoint near the illegal settlement of Yitzhar fired at a Palestinian car that allegedly refused to stop at the soldiers' request.

A bullet hit Nahad Kamal Aqil in the thigh, and she was taken to a nearby hospital, the sources said, adding that the teen is a resident of Kafr Qaddum in the northern West Bank.

Israeli troops detained the driver of the car, the sources said.

An army spokeswoman said that the Israeli border police was responsible for the area where the incident occurred.

A border police spokesman did not return calls seeking comment.

Israeli forces maintain severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement in the West Bank through a combination of fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, roads forbidden to Palestinians but open to Jewish settlers, and various other physical obstructions.

At any given time there are about 100 permanent Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank, while surprise flying checkpoints often number into the hundreds.

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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