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Israeli forces shoot, injure 28 Palestinians during Ramallah-area clashes

Feb. 15, 2016 1:31 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 16, 2016 11:08 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- At least 28 Palestinians were shot and injured with live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds during clashes in Ramallah's al-Amari refugee camp on Monday, local sources told Ma'an.

Locals said clashes erupted when Israeli forces entered the camp, surrounding a home.

It was unclear if the home was slated for demolition or a raid, but locals said Palestinian youth in the area "tried to defend" the home, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces, who responded with live and rubber-coated steel bullets, as well as tear gas.

An Israeli army spokesperson did nor provide details as to why Israeli forces had entered the camp, but said the clashes broke out "during an operational activity."

"Dozens of rioters hurled homemade explosive devices and rocks at [Israeli] forces. Forces called the rioters to stop the violence using riot dispersal means," the spokesperson said. "Upon the continued assault the forces responded, shooting towards main instigators."

The spokesperson said clashes in the area were ongoing, adding that "a few" hits were confirmed but the exact number of those shot with live fire was unknown.

A spokesperson with Palestinian Red Crescent Society was not immediately available for comment.

Clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces became a daily occurrence in villages and cities across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza border at the start of October, when tension began to heighten.

Over the past few months, clashes have become more sporadic, while instances of individual Palestinian attacks against Israeli military and civilians have become more frequent.

Israeli forces injured over 14,000 Palestinians during 2015, including injury from excessive tear gas inhalation, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition, according to documentation by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The majority of those injured last year were injured during clashes with Israeli forces between October and December.






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