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Clashes in al-Jalazun refugee camp amid widespread road closures, Israeli soldier injured

Nov. 4, 2016 2:24 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 6, 2016 11:40 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- An Israeli soldier was injured with a rock during clashes at the entrance of the al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Thursday evening.

Clashes erupted after Israeli forces set up a checkpoint near the refugee camp, following the death of 23-year-old Maen Nasser al-Din Abu Qaraa, who was killed by Israeli forces Thursday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at a bus stop in eastern Ramallah.

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas bombs and stun grenades at local youth that gathered near the flying checkpoint, while the youth threw rocks at Israeli forces, injuring one soldier.

Israeli forces also closed the Attara checkpoint north of Ramallah, which connects the northern and central West Bank, and a main road near the refugee camp connecting Ramallah to Jerusalem.

Earlier in the afternoon, Israeli forces closed the main entrances to the Ramallah-area villages of Dura al-Qaraa, Silwad and Deir Jarir towns.

Locals reported that the checkpoint and road closures made travel in between Ramallah and villages north of the city nearly impossible.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Abu Qaraa was the 238th to be killed by an Israeli since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October 2015, the vast majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces.

Since the unrest began, the occupied West Bank has seen an increase in arbitrary military road closures, periodic blockades of Palestinian villages, towns, checkpoints, and entire districts.

Israel’s response to alleged attacks -- both large and small -- such as punitive home demolitions, the sealing of entire villages, mass detention campaigns, and withholding the bodies of Palestinians slain while committing attacks, has been condemned by rights groups, who have said the measures amount to “collective punishment” and represent a clear violation of international law. 
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