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Israeli forces injure Palestinian with live fire, detain another in clashes near Nablus

Aug. 21, 2016 10:12 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2016 10:02 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained one Palestinian and injured another Sunday at dawn during clashes in al-Faraa refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas.

Local sources told Ma'an that violent clashes broke out after Israeli forces raided the camp, surrounded it and erected checkpoints at its entrances.

Muath Abd al-Salam al-Aydi, 28, was detained during the raid, and Mahmoud Ali Walweel, 24, was injured with shrapnel from Israeli live fire in the chest and arm.

Walweel, who reportedly needed a blood transfusion following his injury, was taken to Rafidiya hospital in the nearby city of Nablus for treatment.

Israeli forces said in a statement that six pipe bombs were thrown at them during their "routine activity" in al-Faraa camp, to which they responded with live fire. The statement also confirmed one detention from al-Faraa camp.

An Israeli army spokesperson could not confirm reports of soldiers erecting checkpoints at the entrances of the camp.

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, according to UN documentation.

Due to the typically aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal injuries.

Israeli police and soldiers have come under heavy criticism over the past year for what rights groups have referred to as “extrajudicial executions” and excessive use of force against Palestinians -- against youth and children in particular -- who did not pose an immediate threat or who could have been detained through non-lethal means.

218 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October.

According to Ma'an documentation, at least 54 Palestinians were killed in clashes during this time period, with the majority of deadly clashes having occurred in refugee camps in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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