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Israeli forces raid al-Fawwar refugee camp, injure 5

Nov. 26, 2015 2:42 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 26, 2015 7:12 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out in the al-Fawwar refugee camp in southern Hebron on Thursday when residents attempted to prevent Israeli forces from reaching the home of a Palestinian killed after stabbing an Israeli soldier, locals said.

A resident of the camp, Adel al-Muhseiri, told Ma’an that messages were relayed through speakers in the refugee camp after the forces entered, calling on locals to stop them from accessing the home of Muhammad Shubaki, 19.

Youths threw rocks, empty bottles and Molotov cocktails while Israeli soldiers responded with live fire, tear gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets, al-Muhseiri said.

Five Palestinians were injured with live bullets, one of whom was hit in the stomach, while dozens of residents suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Another witness told Ma'an that an Israeli patrol vehicle broke down during the raid, and that Israeli reinforcements arrived shortly after, firing from rooftops at residents.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on the raid.

Muhammad Ismail Shubaki, 19, died hours after being shot by Israeli forces when he stabbed and injured an Israeli soldier near the al-Fawwar junction.

Israeli authorities last month fast-tracked the demolition of homes belonging to Palestinians who carry out attacks on Israeli military and civilians, with at least four homes demolished this month.

Israeli forces typically enter the home for measurements prior to demolition. Such demolitions often cause extensive damage when implemented in the West Bank’s cramped refugee camps.

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