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2 Palestinian teens injured in clashes near Nablus

Dec. 24, 2014 8:56 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 26, 2014 1:40 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian teenagers were shot with live bullets and injured by Israeli forces in clashes that broke out near the Jewish settlement of Itamar southeast of Nablus.

Medical sources said Shihab Nasasra, 16, and Ahmad Mleitat, 15, were shot with live bullets and taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus with what were described as light to moderate injuries.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that a "violent riot" had taken place near Itamar and that settlers had called Israeli forces to "disperse" it.

She said that Israeli soldiers fired 0.22 caliber rounds at the protesters, and that reports of an injured Palestinian "were being reviewed."

The villages south of Nablus are frequent sites of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as they are located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlements of Yitzhar, Bracha, and Itamar.

Settlers frequently attack a number of local villages and prevent farmers from reaching their lands, according to UNOCHA, in addition to attacks on local olive trees themselves.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank is systematic and ignored by Israeli authorities, who rarely intervene in the violent attacks or prosecute the perpetrators.

In 2014 so far, there have been at least 319 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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