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Israeli forces shoot, critically injure Palestinian youth in Jerusalem

Oct. 5, 2015 10:18 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 6, 2015 10:11 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot a Palestinian youth in the chest with a live bullet on Monday evening during clashes that broke out in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, the head of the emergency department at the Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma'an.

Amin Abu Ghazalah said a Palestinian youth was shot in the chest with a live bullet and taken to Al-Makassed hospital for treatment, adding that Israeli forces are currently surrounding the hospital.

The youth is reportedly in critical condition.

An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

Dozens of others were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in clashes that broke out in several areas of East Jerusalem, Ghazalah said.

Between 30-35 people were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in clashes in the Shuafat neighborhood alone, and were treated on the scene.

Ghazalah said Israeli forces hit one of the injured in the genitals with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

The Palestinian was taken to the hospital in moderate condition.

Israeli special forces also raided East Jerusalem's Shuafat neighborhood, where clashes broke out, Fatah spokesman Thaer Fasfous said.

Israeli forces fired live and rubber-coated bullets, and shot tear gas at protesters and homes, indiscriminately, Fasfous said.

Witnesses said two youths were detained in the neighborhood.

Ghazalah said an ambulance and its staff were held for half an hour in the neighborhood.

Israeli forces reportedly raised their guns at ambulance drivers and took their keys, before searching the vehicle, he said.

Meanwhile 23 others were injured in Shuafat refugee camp and Anata village.

Three of the injured were taken to Ramallah hospital.

Twelve others were injured in the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood of East Jerusalem's Silwan, he added.

The Palestinian Red Cross on Sunday declared a state of emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory, and said it was putting all its staff, teams and volunteers on standby.

It decried Israeli "violations" of humanitarian law, and called on the international community to take the "necessary steps" to make Israel comply with international law.
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