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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian with rubber bullet in Tuqu clashes

Sept. 12, 2017 9:45 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 12, 2017 2:33 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a young Palestinian man with a rubber-coated steel bullet during clashes Monday night in the village Tuqu in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem

Locals told Ma'an that clashes broke out at the western entrance to Tuqu between young Palestinians and Israeli troops who fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets at the stone throwers.

A young man, who remained unidentified, was hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet to his back, which left him moderately injured, according to locals.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into the incidient.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a biweekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course of 2016, according to UN documentation.

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.

Three Palestinian residents of Tuqu have been shot dead by Israeli forces in 2017, 26-year-old Muhammad Tnouh, 17-year-old Qusay al-Umour and 24-year-old Muhammad Jibril.
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