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Israel forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinians during clashes in blockaded Hebron village

July 11, 2016 6:04 P.M. (Updated: July 12, 2016 1:32 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured at least two Palestinians with rubber-coated bullets on Monday afternoon during clashes with Palestinian youth, after soldiers stormed the neighborhood of al-Shuyukh in the blockaded town of Sair northeast of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.

Locals told Ma’an that clashes broke out after Israeli forces raided the town, firing tear gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets. Young men hurled stones at the soldiers, who fired more tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, injuring at least two unidentified young men.

Locals also said that Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances from entering the town to offer medical aid to those hit with the bullets, and to people who were suffering from extreme tear gas inhalation.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into reports of the clashes.

Israeli forces stormed al-Shuyukh in the predawn hours Monday, and confiscated a private car and raided houses, detaining a young man identified by locals as Hamza Rajab al-Halayka.

Monday marked the third day of Israeli forces' continued enforcement of a blockade on the village of Sair, which sparked clashes Saturday night during which Israeli forces shot and injured four Palestinians.

The town was sealed after an Israeli man was shot and wounded by while driving his car Saturday near the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Teqoa.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an on Monday morning that security measures were ongoing as the search for the gunman continued.

Israeli forces have also come under repeated criticism for excessive use of force, as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of protesters.
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