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3 Palestinians detained, several injured in Jerusalem-area clashes

April 26, 2017 7:03 P.M. (Updated: April 26, 2017 7:03 P.M.)
(File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces injured three Palestinians and detained three others during clashes that erupted Wednesday afternoon between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem’s Shufat refugee camp.

Spokesperson of the Fatah movement in the camp Thaer Fasfous told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli forces escorted by Jerusalem municipality crews raided Shufat and deployed in several streets throughout the camp.

Fasfous said that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas at Palestinian youths “in a random manner,” while specifically targeting Palestinian students returning home from school.

Israeli forces detained three Palestinians, while three others were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets. Dozens others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation.

Clashes also erupted in the Jerusalem-area town of Abu Dis between Palestinians and Israeli forces, resulting in the injury of one Palestinian with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Meanwhile, a 15-year-old Palestinian boy was detained in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem on his way home from school Wednesday afternoon, as clashes between broke out between local youth and Israeli soldiers.

Neither an Israeli police or Jerusalem municipality spokesperson was immediately available for comment.

Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their use of excessive force against Palestinians during clashes, particularly in refugee camps, during incidents that did not warrant a violent response.
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