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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian teen near Joseph's Tomb

Jan. 27, 2015 10:07 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 28, 2015 7:26 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops shot and injured a Palestinian teenager during clashes Tuesday morning near Joseph's Tomb near Balata refugee camp in Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that several buses loaded with ultra-orthodox Jews and settlers arrived to Joseph's Tomb escorted by more than 15 military vehicles at around 2:30 a.m.

They then performed religious rites at the holy site.

The sources added that clashes then broke out in the nearby Balata and Askar refugee camps between young Palestinian men and Israeli soldiers.

They said dozens of young men hurled stones at the Israeli soldiers who fired tear-gas canisters, stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets as well as live ammunition at the protesters.

As a result, a teenage boy was shot in the foot. The sources identified him as 16-year-old Basim Zakariyya Suleiman and said that he was evacuated to Rafedia public hospital for treatment.

The sources said Israeli troops and worshipers withdrew from the area in the early morning hours.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said forces opened fire at a Palestinian rolling a burning tire. She said they forces fired at his lower extremities and identified a hit.

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