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Israeli forces shoot 2 Palestinians inside Silwad home

Aug. 16, 2014 11:37 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 1:24 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers on Friday shot and injured two young Palestinian men inside their home in the village of Silwad east of Ramallah, locals told Ma'an.

Witnesses said that one of the two was struck several times in the foot, while the other was hit by shrapnel from the gunshots.

The victims were identified only as members of the al-Nahl family, whose house was stormed by Israeli soldiers during the course of a military raid on the village.

The incident took place following fierce clashes in the village between local young men and Israeli soldiers who had stormed the village.

Locals threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces, while the soldiers fired tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and live bullets at the protesters.

As clashes took place in the streets and alleyways of the village, numerous bystanders and locals inside their homes including elderly people and children were hurt by the tear gas, which locals say Israeli soldiers used excessively and indiscriminately.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces were "called to the scene" after a few Palestinians threw rocks at an Israeli military post in the area.

There was then a "violent riot" in which 200 Palestinians "attacked Israeli forces on site" with rocks.

One Palestinian attempted to attack an Israeli soldier with a concrete block and Israeli forces "opened fire at his local extremities," injuring him, the spokeswoman said.

The injured man was transferred to Palestinian medics for treatment.

Another Palestinian was arrested during the clashes, the spokeswoman said.

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