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Palestinian youth injured during clashes in Bethlehem

May 14, 2015 7:08 P.M. (Updated: May 14, 2015 7:13 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian youth was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the northern entrance of Bethlehem on Thursday.

Medical sources said that a youth was injured in the leg by Israeli soldiers before he was detained and taken to an unidentified location during clashes in the Rachel Tomb's area in Bethlehem.

Violent clashes erupted between youths and Israeli soldiers near the northern entrance of Bethlehem as youths threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at an Israeli military tower.

Israeli soldiers responded with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The incident came ahead of Nakba Day, when Palestinians commemorate the exodus of hundreds of thousands of people who fled or were expelled from their homes during Israel's creation.

More than 760,000 Palestinians -- estimated today to number more than 7 million with their descendants -- fled or were driven from their homes in the 1948 establishment of Israel.

Last year Israeli forces shot and killed two unarmed Palestinian teenagers during a rally marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba outside of the Ofer detention center near Ramallah

Muhammad Audah Abu al-Thahir, 15, and Nadim Siyam Nuwarah, 17, were both shot in the chest by Israeli forces with live ammunition.

Israeli security sources denied responsibility or the teens' deaths despite eye witnesses and video evidence of the incident, however an autopsy of Nadim Nuwara's body later showed the youth had been hit by Israeli forces.

Also Thursday, Israeli forces injured three Palestinian children with live fire during severe clashes that erupted between soldiers and school students in the Jabal al-Tawil neighborhood of al-Bireh, witnesses said.

The injured children were taken to a hospital for treatment, while Israeli forces detained six Palestinian children, all under 10 years of age, and took them to the nearby Psagot settlement, locals told Ma'an.

Israeli forces had reportedly set up an ambush for the students prior to the clashes, locals added.
Tibi / Tubas
-1- Sumud, "steadfast perseverance", is good, but reason is better, and
Palestinians should have learned over the decades, that
-2- Clashes never changed anything, except their numbers being sent to jails, hospitals, and morgues !!
18/05/2015 18:31
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