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Israel continues to imprison 2 injured Palestinian teens shot by Israeli forces

March 18, 2017 4:07 P.M. (Updated: March 18, 2017 4:07 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two injured Palestinian teenagers remained in Israeli custody as of Saturday, with one still in a critical condition, after they were both shot by Israeli forces in separate incidents, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement. 

According to PPS, 17-year-old Jihad Hammad, from the town of Silwad in the central occupied West Bank, regained consciousness on Saturday while being held in the ICU at Israel's Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem. 

Hammad, who Ma’an previously reported to be 19 years old, was shot and injured in the head with a live bullet fired by Israeli forces on March 10 during clashes in Silwad. PPS reported at the time that Hammad was in stable condition after undergoing surgery, but remained unconscious. 

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Fatima Taqatqa, a resident of the southern occupied West Bank village of Beit Fajjar, remained in critical condition at the Shaare Zedek hospital. 

Taqatqa was shot and injured by Israeli forces on Wednesday at a junction near the illegal Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion in the southern occupied West Bank Bethlehem district, after Israeli authorities alleged that she was attempting to carry out a vehicular attack.

The Israeli army told Ma’an at the time that no Israelis had been injured in the incident.

The Israeli Ofer military court on Thursday extended Taqatqa’s detention for eight days, with the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs saying that that the court extended her detention in absentia, as the teen remained in critical condition under anesthetics and on respirators. 

Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their use of excessive force against Palestinians, including minors, in instances where Palestinians did not constitute an imminent or deadly threat to armed Israeli forces.

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