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2 Palestinians injured with live fire in Ramallah-area clashes with Israeli forces

June 4, 2017 3:01 P.M. (Updated: June 7, 2017 8:46 P.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinians were injured with live ammunition during clashes with Israeli forces that erupted early Sunday afternoon in the village of al-Mughayyir, east of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.

Palestinian medical sources told Ma’an that the injured Palestinians -- who were referred to as "youths" though their exact ages remained unknown -- were taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah city, highlighting that one was shot and injured in his right knee, while the other was injured in his left leg. The two were reported to be in stable condition.

Sources noted that several others suffered from tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces raided the village and closed its entrances, fired tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, and live fire at residents.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

The United Nations and numerous human rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their use of excessive force against Palestinians during raids and clashes, in incidents that did not warrant a violent response.

A report released in August by Bethlehem-based NGO Badil documented a trend of the Israeli army’s targeting of Palestinian youth with live fire in the kneecaps and legs, and recently published a case study on the Israel army's excessive use of force that has increased since a wave of unrest began in the fall of 2015.

"A significant amount of this increased use of live fire was directed at the lower limbs of Palestinian youth, particularly the knees, which prompted

the use of the term ‘kneecapping’ to refer to these incidents. The high number of kneecappings led BADIL to question whether the Israeli army was implementing a new tactic of excessive use of force," the report said.

Badil added that "This increased violence was combined with threats of violence, where in at least two different locations Palestinian youth received threats such as 'I will make all of you disabled' by upper or mid-level members of the Israeli occupying forces."
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