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Israeli forces injure 9-year-old Palestinian girl, teen boy with rubber bullets during raid

Feb. 27, 2017 9:48 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 28, 2017 2:31 P.M.)
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians, including a 9-year-old girl, were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets fired by Israeli forces on Monday afternoon during clashes in the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a Fatah spokesman in the camp.

Thaer al-Fasfous told Ma'an that dozens of Israeli police officers stormed the camp and started to ransack stores, prompting local young men and teenagers to clash with them.

Israeli forces, he said, “showered the camp” in tear gas and fired rubber-coated steel bullets "haphazardly."

As a result, a teenage schoolboy was hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the chest.

The Israeli soldiers "detained the injured boy for more than half an hour at a checkpoint in Shufat before an ambulance, followed by a military jeep, was able to take him to a hospital," al-Fasfous said.

A 9-year-old girl was also hit in the foot with a rubber-coated steel bullet and received treatment at a medical center in the camp.

Al-Fasfous added that Israeli forces also detained a young man "after beating him violently," and that during the raid, Israeli police officers delivered traffic fines to several drivers.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment on the incident.

Shufat refugee camp is located in northeastern Jerusalem within Israel's municipal boundaries of the city, but is encircled on three sides by Israel’s separation wall, forcing residents to pass through a congested military checkpoint to access the rest of Jerusalem where most claim residency status.

In September, the camp experienced at least seven consecutive days of violent raids in the weeks following a fatal shooting of a camp resident by Israeli forces while he was driving home. Meanwhile, the camp is routinely the site of violent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.

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