Israeli forces injure 13-year-old Palestinian in Tulkarem clashes
Published Wednesday 25/12/2013 (updated) 26/12/2013 19:55
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teenager was injured and a man was detained after clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the northern West Bank Wednesday, locals told Ma'an.
Witnesses said Muhammad Ali Hassan Haddad, 13, was injured after being hit in the head by shrapnel from a stun grenade that Israeli troops fired at Palestinians in a neighborhood in western Tulkarem.
Additionally, Israeli forces detained 22-year-old Samir Riyad Tamim during the clashes, locals said.
Several youths suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation as Israeli soldiers fired tear gas grenades.
An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that a Palestinian was "lightly injured" and another was detained, saying that Israeli forces dispersed a "riot" in the area.
The spokeswoman said several Palestinians were hurling rocks at Israeli "security personnel."
At one point, she said, a Palestinian approached an Israeli soldier with a brick to the point where the soldier felt "threatened." The soldier "followed the rules of engagement," and shot live bullets at the Palestinian's lower extremities.
However, the soldier "did not identify a hit."
The spokeswoman said that the Palestinian who was detained has since been released.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.