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2 Palestinians shot, injured during clashes with Israeli forces in Ramallah

Sept. 16, 2016 10:27 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 18, 2016 5:57 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinians with live fire during clashes with Israeli forces near al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces shot live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian youth who threw rocks and Molotov cocktails, before Israeli forces retreated from the main road towards the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into reports of the incident.

A report recently released by the Palestinian NGO BADIL warned of an intensification of the “systematic targeting” of Palestinian youth in the occupied Palestinian territory -- particularly in refugee camps -- since the beginning of 2016.

“This targeting has taken the form of injuries and arbitrary killings by the use of live ammunition by the Israeli army in the context of arrest campaigns, military raids, and random wide searches which usually trigger clashes,” the statement said.

BADIL's initial investigations into the trend focused on the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, where at least 83 people have been shot with live ammunition since the beginning of the year, the majority in their legs and knees, causing both permanent and temporary disabilities.

The escalation of live fire injuries came amid reports of an Israeli army commander responsible for the near-nightly raids into Bethlehem's three refugee camps -- Duheisha, Ayda, and Azza -- threatening to disable all the camp youth in Duheisha.

“These threats indicate that these actions are not accidental or isolated incidents, but rather result from a systematic Israeli military policy aimed at suppressing resistance, terrorizing Palestinian youth, and permanently injuring them and/or causing significant damage to their physical and mental well-being,” BADIL said in its statement.

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