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Palestinian injured after Israeli forces shoot live ammunition during clashes in Gaza

Dec. 23, 2016 9:29 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 23, 2016 10:47 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces Friday injured a Palestinian youth when clashes erupted in the east of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Medical sources told Ma’an that the Palestinian youth was injured with live fire after Israeli forces opened live ammunition at protesters near the Nahel Oz crossing in Gaza city.

A Ma’an reporter witnessed Israeli forces stationed inside the crossing open fire on a Palestinian protester who had approached the security barrier between the besieged enclave and Israel.

Medical sources added that the Palestinian youth’s injury was “medium.” The identity of the youth was has not yet been released.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the clashes.

The so-called “buffer zone,” where the weekly protests have taken place, was unilaterally declared a “no-go-zone” by Israel in 2005.

Thirty Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip since a wave of unrest spread across the Palestinian territory and Israel last October, the majority shot dead during clashes near the buffer zone.

More than 172 Palestinians in Gaza have been injured by Israeli forces since the start of 2016, the vast majority during clashes that broke out with the Israeli military during protests since October, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Both Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) released reports last month, following the death of a Palestinian teen during clashes along the Gaza-Israel border, detailing the culture of impunity reserved for Israeli forces who kill Palestinians, noting the unlikelihood of Israeli soldiers who wrongfully injure and kill Palestinians to be held accountable.

“Accountability for shootings by Israeli forces is extremely rare, and Israel routinely defends or denies using lethal force against children,” said DCIP, while B’Tselem affirmed that “if an investigation does take place, experience shows the chances of it leading to any substantive results are extremely low.”
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