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Israeli forces injure 3 Palestinians during raid in Tulkarem-area refugee camp

June 21, 2016 10:38 A.M. (Updated: June 23, 2016 3:28 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Awarta, June 26, 2014. (AFP, File)
TULKAREM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured three young Palestinian men when clashes erupted in the Nur Shams refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem following predawn detention raids in the camp.

Palestinian medical sources told Ma’an that the three young Palestinians were taken to Thabit Thabit hospital in Tulkarem after suffering from live gunshot wounds.

One of the young men was shot in the back, and doctors say he was in a serious condition. The other two were in moderate condition.

Two were evacuated in a Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance, and the third was evacuated in a private car.

Locals said clashes broke out after Israeli forces stormed the camp and broke into the house of Mahdi Fayyad and detained him. Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces opened heavy fire on Palestinian youth who were pelting Israeli military vehicles with stones.

An Israeli army spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment regarding the incident.

Israeli forces have also come under repeated criticism for excessive use of force as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of protesters. Israeli forces shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian early Tuesday morning, and injured four other teens who were bystanders in an area where Palestinian youth were reportedly throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli settlers.

Twenty-two year-old Arif Jaradat died on Sunday evening after succumbing to wounds he sustained when Israeli forces shot him during clashes in his hometown of Sair in the southern occupied West Bank.

Meanwhile, Fayyad, who was detained during the Tuesday morning's clashes, joins some 7,000 Palestinians currently held in Israeli jails, many of whom were detained during the near-daily raids carried out by Israeli military forces on Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps.

Such raids are often carried out in areas under full Palestinian jurisdiction, such as the Nur Shams refugee camp, and frequently lead to clashes between Palestinian residents and military forces.

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