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Israeli forces violently suppress clashes in Shufat refugee camp

Dec. 8, 2016 4:48 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 8, 2016 10:18 P.M.)
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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces violently suppressed clashes overnight Wednesday in Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, leaving several injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, while four Palestinian youths were assaulted and detained, locals sources said.

Fatah party spokesperson in Shufat refugee camp Thaer Fasfous told Ma’an that Israeli forces heavily deployed in the camp and took pictures of several buildings, causing clashes to erupt.

Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian youth during the clashes, which Fasfous said lasted for hours on end.

Fasfous said that seven Palestinian youth were shot and injured by rubber-coated steel bullets while many others suffered severe tear gas inhalation.

He added that Israeli forces “ambushed” four Palestinian youths, assaulted them, and lead them to the Israeli military checkpoint installed at the camp's entrance. It remained unclear whether the four were still being detained as of Wednesday afternoon.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an he was “unaware” of the incident.

Shufat refugee camp is located in northeastern Jerusalem within Israel's municipal boundaries of the city, but is encircled an 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.

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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