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Israeli forces injure 1, detain another near Ramallah

July 7, 2015 8:30 P.M. (Updated: July 7, 2015 8:39 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a 16-year-old Palestinian with a rubber-coated steel bullet as they raided the al-Jalazone refugee camp in northern Ramallah on Tuesday.

Locals identified the teen as Baraa Muhammad al-Rimhi.

Israeli forces also raided several homes in the refugee camp and detained Muhammad Safi, 20.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that Israeli forces entered the camp overnight Tuesday during "routine activities," and residents began throwing stones in response.  After calling on the residents to halt, the Israeli forces fired after an "improvised explosive device" was allegedly thrown, the spokesperson said, adding that one hit had been confirmed.

Several residents of al-Jalazone were injured by live Israeli fire earlier this year during clashes with forces who entered the cramped camp, home to 11,000 Palestinian refugees living within 0.25 kilometers of land.

An average of 39 Palestinians are injured by Israeli forces each week, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Last week a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces at the Qalandia checkpoint near Ramallah after allegedly throwing stones at an Israeli military vehicle.

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