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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in clashes near Bethlehem

Oct. 1, 2015 4:28 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 2, 2015 11:24 A.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a 28-year-old Palestinian in the thigh during clashes between Israeli settlers and local Palestinians near Tuqu village, south of Bethlehem, on Thursday, medical sources said.

Medical sources told Ma'an that Samih Ali Abed Sabah, 28, was injured in the thigh with live fire during the clashes.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the shooting, telling Ma'an that Israeli forces fired .22 caliber live fire at protesters after Palestinians "refused to comply" with "riot dispersal means," and that a "main instigator" was hit in the lower extremities.

Sabah, who is reportedly in moderate condition, was taken to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital by a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance.

Locals said Israel military forces had fired tear gas, live fire, and stun grenades at Palestinians during the clashes, adding that dozens of people have suffered from tear-gas inhalation in the Dar Sabah and al-Luzia areas of Tuqu village

Locals added that Israeli forces have closed off all roads into and out of Tuqu and that a "large" number of Israeli reinforcements have been deployed at Tuqu's entrance.

The clashes began after local Palestinians claimed that an Israeli settler opened fire at a school in the village of Tuqu.

When the alleged shooter attempted to leave the scene, Palestinians reportedly threw rocks at the settler's vehicle, smashing a window of the car and lightly injuring the suspected perpetrator.

The settler, thought to be a woman from the illegal Israeli settlement of Teqoa, was lightly injured in the attack on her car, locals said.

Following the incident, Palestinian locals said settlers from Teqoa settlement blocked the main road in the area, which connects the districts of Bethlehem and Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that "Palestinians were throwing rocks near Teqoa, lightly injuring two, one of which was an infant."

She said security personnel, the Israeli army, and border police arrived at the scene and used riot dispersal means against Palestinians who had gathered in the area.

The spokesperson had no information on the alleged shooting or road closure.

According to the spokesperson, there was a security personnel "driving his car" near the scene, who stopped and fired warning shots into the air, dispersing the crowd.

Locals added that Israeli forces detained 14-year-old Amir Adnan Muhammad from his home in Teqoa, without adding any further information as to whether the detainment was in connection to the incident.

Israeli settlers have carried out at least 148 attacks on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the start of this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction, the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din reported.

There are more than 500,000 Israelis living in settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, in contravention of international law.
Comments
Tibi / Tubas
The Rights Of Palestinians (or any other people) Do Not Include
1- Murder, 2- Terrorism, 3- War Crimes, Or 4- Violence, so when
Palestinians became violent in the recent "clashes near Bethlehem",
ISRAELI FORCES APPEAR TO ENFORCE THE PEACE.
01/10/2015 21:30
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