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2 critically injured by live fire in clashes near Jerusalem
Published Friday 22/03/2013 (updated) 24/03/2013 11:19
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were critically wounded on Friday during clashes with Israeli forces north of Jerusalem, medics said.

Two Palestinian youths were shot with live fire, one in the pelvis and the other in the abdomen, after clashes broke out with Israeli forces in the Jerusalem-area village of Anata, medics told Ma'an.

Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters and chased local youths down alleyways in the village, with locals throwing rocks at Israeli troops.

Several people suffered light injuries from tear gas inhalation.

Five people were also injured in the Ramallah village of Beit Liqya during a protest against Israel's separation wall, locals said.

A young man was injured by a rubber-coated steel bullet and four others suffered smoke inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators.

Local youths threw bottles and stones at Israeli forces.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said "a violent and illegal riot took place near Anata. Approximately 20 Palestinians hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with riot dispersal means."

No live fire was used, she said.

Around 10 people threw rocks at Israeli forces in Beit Liqya, with no response from soldiers, she added.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/03/2013 21:04
Ah. Warning shots into the torso.

2 ) Outlier / USA
23/03/2013 00:14
1, Colin, unless you were there, you don't know how this incident transpired.

3 ) carine / UK
23/03/2013 02:27
Phew. Obama's gone, let's get back to normal.

4 ) Maureen / Australia
23/03/2013 18:00
"a violent and illegal riot took place near Anata. Approximately 20 Palestinians hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with riot dispersal means." "Illegal riot?" A "legal riot," obviously only something dogs in uniform can perform 'legally!'

5 ) ian / australia
24/03/2013 02:20
#2 But Outlier, the information is all there. Surely. Arab kids throw rocks (and bottles) at soldiers coz the wall/demolitions/evictions/brutality (tick one) are making their lives a misery. Soldiers respond with "riot dispersal means" ie. "rubber-coated steel bullets", "tear gas canisters" and "live fire" (though they deny that) and two Palestinians end up "critically wounded" (by the "live fire" the IDF didn't use). What's not to know?

6 ) Rami / Palestine
24/03/2013 10:10
An Israeli army spokeswoman said "a violent and illegal riot took place near Anata. Approximately 20 Palestinians hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with riot dispersal means." Seems like it doesn't take much skill to be a IDF spokeswoman, these days. A block of wood could just as well provide the same response day in and day out.
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