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Israeli forces injure 4 Palestinian youths in Duheisha camp clashes

Dec. 12, 2016 10:06 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 12, 2016 4:51 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Four young Palestinian men were shot and injured during clashes with Israeli forces who stormed the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem early on Monday morning.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli military vehicles raided the camp from three directions and troops stormed several neighborhoods before young men responded by throwing stones and empty bottles at the soldiers.

Israeli forces fired at the Palestinian youth with stun grenades and live ammunition, injuring four.

Local added that Israeli troops delivered a summons to Muath Jadallah Zighari demanding that he go to the Gush Etzion military center for questioning.

No detentions were reported.

A spokesperson for the Israeli border police could not immediately be reached for comment on the matter.

Medics said all the wounded were shot in the lower extremities, corroborating a report released by Palestinian NGO BADIL earlier this year documenting the Israeli army’s targeting of Palestinian youth with live fire in Bethlehem’s al-Duheisha refugee camp, specifically targeting youth in the kneecaps and legs.

BADIL’s report stated that the rise in injuries in the legs coincided with repeated threats by an Israeli army commander responsible for the Bethlehem area’s three refugee camps to make “all youth in the camp disabled.”

The NGO has said that the threats "reinforce the claim made by BADIL that these threats and actions are not accidental or isolated incidents, but rather result from a systematic Israeli military policy aimed at suppressing resistance, terrorizing Palestinian youth, and causing permanent injuries and damage to their physical and mental well-being."

"These willful and grave breaches of international law trigger the obligations of third party states and other mandated agencies to put an end to this climate of impunity under which Israeli forces and its officials operate."
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