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Israeli forces injure 4 Palestinians with live fire, detain 1 in Ramallah-area raids

Aug. 10, 2016 9:59 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 10, 2016 3:48 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces injured four Palestinian youths with live fire early Wednesday during clashes that erupted when Israeli soldiers raided al-Amari refugee camp near the city of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.

Locals said Israeli forces raided several areas of the camp and snipers were deployed on rooftops, sparking clashes between Israeli soldiers and local youths.

Sources added that Israeli soldiers opened live fire and fired tear gas, while youths threw rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Israeli soldiers then withdrew from the area.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that "violent riots" erupted as locals threw rocks and rolled burning tires at soldiers when they raided the camp, and Israeli forces responded by firing 0.22 caliber bullets as a "riot dispersal" measure. She confirmed that "hits were made," but said she was not aware of how many.

Local sources also told Ma’an that Israeli special forces detained a Palestinian youth who has been wanted by Israel for eight months from the Qalandiya refugee camp in the southeastern outskirts of Ramallah. He was identified as Khalid Matar. The Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that one Palestinian had been detained overnight in the Ramallah area.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a weekly average of 78 search and detention raids carried out since the start of 2016, and with 108 carried out just in the previous week, according to UN documentation.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces commonly detain Palestinians during raids without evidence of any wrongdoing, subsequently sentencing the detainees for up to six-month renewable intervals without charge or trial and based on undisclosed evidence.

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.

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