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Palestinian teen shot, injured by Israeli forces

July 10, 2015 7:17 P.M. (Updated: July 11, 2015 11:46 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) --Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian teenager Friday as demonstrators were dispersed during the weekly protest in Kafr Qaddum village near Qalqiliya in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces reportedly fired live and rubber-coated-steel bullets injuring Amjad Farouq Abu Khalid,17, with a live bullet to the leg, thecoordinator for the popular resistance committee in the village Murad Shtewei told Ma'an.

Khalid was taken to Rafidia hospital for treatment.

Shtewei said dozens of Israeli soldiers raided homes in the village and used them as shooting posts, in addition to firing tear gas and skunk water, a foul-smelling liquid has been used by the Israeli military as a form of non-lethal crowd control that can leave individuals and homes smelling like feces and garbage for weeks.

Israeli forces had declared the village a closed military zone at dawn and prevented journalists and international activists from entering, a regular practice by Israeli forces in attempt to prevent the weekly march from taking place.

An Israeli army spokesperson could not provide immediate information on the incident.

Kafr Qaddum is one of many villages that have weekly Friday protests in opposition to the ongoing effects of Israeli occupation, including land disputes, the separation wall, freedom of movement, and water claims.

Kafr Qaddum's protest in particular calls for the reopening of the village's southern entrance, which has been closed 13 years and is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, an economic stronghold in the area.

The village has also lost large swathes of its land to Israeli settlements, outposts and separation wall, all illegal under international law.

Israeli forces regularly use violent means to disperse protests in the village.

On June 28 Israeli forces shot and injured a 14-year-old Palestinian boy in the thigh with live ammunition andon June 12, five Palestinians were injured, including two critically, when Israeli forces opened fire on demonstrations.

An weekly average of 38 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces per week since the start of 2015, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Anita Cock / Yugoslavia
I cant believe this?!?!
11/07/2015 11:49
@ Anita / USA
Living in a peaceful, well-governed state:
-1- It is hard to "believe" that people would routinely stone police or soldiers, and then stab them, if they're allowed to get close enough, but
-2- It is easy to believe that police or soldiers would use force in self-defense, in such situations !!
12/07/2015 03:45
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