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Palestinian youth injured during clashes with Israeli forces on Gaza border

Dec. 2, 2016 8:21 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 4, 2016 4:17 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian youth was injured during clashes near the Nahal Oz Israeli military site in eastern Gaza City on Friday, according to witnesses.

Witnesses told Ma’an that dozens of Palestinian youths gathered near Nahal Oz, where clashes have erupted on a weekly basis. It remained unclear how severely the youth was injured.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces opened fire at youth gathered near the Gaza border fence east of al-Bureij refugee camp, just south of Nahal Oz.

No injuries were reported near al-Bureij.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have demonstrated near the border with Israel nearly every Friday to show solidarity with what Palestinians in Gaza have termed the “Jerusalem Intifada” taking place in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The so-called “buffer zone,” where the weekly protests have taken place, was unilaterally declared a “no-go-zone” by Israel in 2005.

Thirty Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip since the unrest spread last October, the majority shot dead during clashes near the buffer zone.

More than 177 Gazans have been injured by Israeli forces since the start of 2016, the vast majority during clashes that broke out with the Israeli military during protests since October, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Both Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) released reports last month, following the death of a Palestinian teen during clashes along the Gaza-Israel border, detailing the culture of impunity reserved for Israeli forces who kill Palestinians, noting the unlikelihood that Israeli soldiers who wrongfully injure and kill Palestinians be held accountable.

“Accountability for shootings by Israeli forces is extremely rare, and Israel routinely defends or denies using lethal force against children,” said DCIP, while B’Tselem affirmed that “if an investigation does take place, experience shows the chances of it leading to any substantive results are extremely low.”

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