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Israeli forces shoot live ammunition during clashes in Shufat refugee camp

Dec. 20, 2016 5:33 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 21, 2016 12:19 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces and undercover Israeli police officers Tuesday afternoon raided the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, causing clashes to break out as Israeli forces shot live ammunition, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian youths.

A spokesman of the Fatah movement in the camp, Thaer al-Fasfous told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the camp and then left shortly after, adding that the soldiers “misled” the Palestinian youths by “giving the impression that Israeli forces had completed its raid on the camp and wouldn’t come back.”

However, Israeli soldiers returned shortly after with Israeli police officers disguised as Arabs, and proceeded to raid the camp again, detaining a number of young men, al-Fasfous said, but did not provide the exact number of detentions carried out by Israeli forces.

Al-Fasfous added that Israeli forces and undercover Israeli police officers fired live ammunition, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian youths during the raid.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not available for an immediate comment on 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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