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Palestinian shot during Israeli raid on al-Duheisha camp remains in critical condition

Aug. 17, 2017 4:48 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 17, 2017 5:55 P.M.)
(Raed al-Salhi)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- An injured Palestinian detainee who was shot and detained by Israeli forces during a predawn raid last week in the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank, remained in critical condition as of Thursday in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at an Israeli hospital, according to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.

Committee lawyer Karim Ajweh released a statement Thursday following a visit he paid to the injured detainee, Raed al-Salhi, at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem.

According to Ajweh, al-Salhi has undergone several surgeries since he was shot and detained on August 7th.

Ajweh added that al-Salhi was shot seven times in the abdomen and thigh, severely damaging his kidneys, and has received several blood transfusions to treat his kidney injuries.

Abd al-Aziz Arafeh, who was detained along with al-Salhi after being shot in his left leg, is in stable condition, according to Ajweh, who noted that Arafeh is set to undergo another surgery in the coming days.

A court session is scheduled to take place on Thursday at the Ofer military court regarding Arafeh and al-Salhi’s detentions, though the two will not be present due to their conditions.

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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