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2 Palestinians injured, 2 detained in predawn Duheisha camp raid

March 27, 2016 10:09 A.M. (Updated: March 27, 2016 8:22 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinian youths and detained two others when clashes broke out during a predawn raid Sunday in al-Duheisha refugee camp in southern Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian youths when clashes broke out, and the youths responded by throwing stones and empty bottles.

The two injured were not identified.

Israeli forces raided and ransacked several houses in the camp and detained Muhammad Khalid Shafout and Hamza Abu Ajamiyeh.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an three Palestinians were detained for "illegal activities" in the Bethlehem area in predawn raids Sunday. The third Palestinian could not be identified.

Violent clashes in al-Duheisha are common and break out nearly every time Israeli forces enter the camp, which is located in Area A and should be under full Palestinian control, according to the Oslo agreements.

Al-Duheisha refugee camp was established in 1949, with most of the families originating from more than 46 villages in Jerusalem.

Over 13,000 refugees now live in the 0.352-square-kilometer camp, where around one-third of residents are unemployed.

At least two camp residents have been shot dead by Israeli forces during detention raids and clashes since unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October.

Israeli forces have carried out a weekly average of 94 search and detention operations and injured over 1,300 Palestinians since the start of 2016 in the occupied Palestinian territory, according to documentation by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

UN rights monitor to the occupied Palestinian territory Makarim Wibisono last week condemned excessive use of force used by Israeli military forces and urged the Israeli authorities to comply with international law regarding the use of force and firearms.
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