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Israeli forces run over youth, assault journalists in el-Bireh clashes

Oct. 30, 2015 2:33 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 31, 2015 12:46 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian youth was run over and detained and several journalists assaulted during clashes in el-Bireh on Friday.

Video footage of the incident from Al-Aqsa TV shows an Israeli military jeep speeding at a group of Palestinian youths, hitting one person.

Medics who attempt to reach the youth are pushed back and assaulted by Israeli soldiers.

Israeli soldiers then assaulted several journalists in the area as they attempted to film clashes with Palestinian youths.

Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades and live fire during the clashes, which started following Friday prayers.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that the Palestinian was not actually run over by the jeep, and advised that the video be viewed in full rather than "the cut version published by Palestinian and Arab media."

He said that a "Palestinian suspect approached border police officers" with a petrol bomb in his hand before police officers moved into the area and arrested the man on scene.

Rosenfeld said that the "first 15 seconds of the Youtube video" circulating on media outlets were cut, showing when the man was approaching border police officers.

قوات الاحتلال تدهس شابا فلسطينيا خلال المواجهات على المدخل الشمالي لمدينة البيرة وتصيبه بجراح وتعتقله .. وتعدي على الطواقم الطبية التي قدمت لمساعدته

Posted by Orient Radio on Friday, 30 October 2015
Colin Wright / USA
Too bad the Israeli troops assaulted the journalists as well. If they hadn't we'd have more conclusive evidence as to what happened.

...of course, that would be a problem for Israel, wouldn't it?
30/10/2015 16:03
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