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2 Palestinians shot by Israeli forces undergo surgery, 1 in critical condition

Aug. 10, 2017 9:03 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2017 10:33 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Two injured Palestinian detainees, who were detained on Wednesday after they were shot with live ammunition by Israeli forces during a raid on the Bethlehem-area al-Duheisha refugee camp, have undergone surgery and are still in the hospital, with one in critical condition.

Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) Karim Ajwa released a statement on Thursday after visiting the two injured Palestinians, Abd al-Aziz Arafeh and Raed al-Salhi, who are being held in Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital.

Ajwa said that Arafeh, who was shot in his left leg, is being held in the hospital’s Orthopedic wing, and that his condition is stable.

Al-Salhi, who was shot in the stomach and thigh, is in critical condition and being held in the intensive care unit.

Ajwa added that a court session is expected to be held on Thursday to extend the detention of the two, who were detained during a predawn raid on the camp, located in the southern occupied West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an at the time that during the raid to detain al-Salhi and Arafeh, the two attempted to flee on foot, at which time Israeli soldiers chased and shot them.

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.

Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their use of excessive force against Palestinians, particularly in refugee camps, during incidents that did not warrant a violent response.

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