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Israeli forces shoot young Palestinian in East Jerusalem, raid hospital where he is treated

July 18, 2017 9:56 A.M. (Updated: July 18, 2017 11:46 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a young Palestinian man on Monday evening in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, a local watchdog organization reported, before raiding the hospital where the wounded Palestinian was being treated.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Israeli troops stormed the area of Ein al-Luza and fired stun grenades and live fire haphazardly, while young residents threw Molotov cocktails and fireworks in response.

One Palestinian was seriously injured during the raid, according to the information center, and taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery.

The center added that Israeli police raided the al-Makassed Hospital east of the Old City of Jerusalem, seeking to detain the injured Palestinian.

Official Palestinian news agency Wafa said the young man was taken from his hospital bed by Israeli forces.

However,the family of 19-year-old Alaa Abu Tayih told Ma’an on Tuesday morning that Israeli soldiers and police officers had been stationed outside of the intensive care unit (ICU), where the young man was being treated after having been shot in the lower abdomen.

The relatives added that the troops had prevented them from reaching Alaa in the ICU.

The al-Makassed Hospital said in a statement that Israeli forces had also surrounded the hospital, and examined the identity documents of all hospital employees and visitors.

The hospital called the raid a violation of international law, and called on the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene to end the “state of chaos caused by the Israeli occupation forces” in al-Makassed.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awwad said Israeli forces should “immediately” vacate the premises, calling the hospital raid a “crime.”

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement late on Monday that police forces “dispersed rioters” in Silwan using “non-lethal weapons,” making no mention of any injuries.

However, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri reported that a Palestinian was injured during the raid, adding that a police officer was "lightly injured" in the foot after being hit with a stone.

Al-Samri added that one Palestinian was detained in Silwan.

Rosenfeld meanwhile said that Israeli police also raided the neighborhood of Issawiya, where he said masked youths threw “petrol bombs and fired fireworks” at the police officers, who “dispersed” them using “non-lethal weapons.”

Al-Samri said in a statement that two Palestinians were detained in Issawiya.

East Jerusalem has witnessed heightened tensions in the past week following a deadly attack on Friday that left three assailants and two police officers -- all Palestinian citizens of Israel -- dead in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City.

Locals have reported a number of detentions around the Old City, as well as Israeli forces’ use of violence against Muslim worshipers who have performed prayers at the Lions’ Gate leading to Al-Aqsa to express their rejection of heightened Israeli security procedures around the compound.
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