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16 injured in clashes with Israeli forces near Ramallah
Published Friday 31/01/2014 (updated) 01/02/2014 22:18
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Sixteen Palestinian youths were injured on Friday after Israeli forces opened fire on protesters during clashes near al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah.

Israeli forces fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets at demonstrators on the main road near the central West Bank refugee camp, as protesters marked two days since a youth from the camp named Muhammad Mubarak was shot dead by Israeli forces.

Medical sources told Ma'an that one of the injured, Mohammad Husam Safi, was shot with a live bullet in the neck and is currently in critical condition.

Among those injured were 13 victims who were identified by name as Qahir Majed Farraj, Majed Obada, Nour Khairi, Jaber Sharaka, Mohammad Hisham Ulayyan, Mahdi Abu Shareefa, Mohammad Ulayyan, Mohammad Hassouneh, Ibrahim Safi, who were injured by metal bullets and Ihab Saifi, Mohammad Abu Sbeih, Mohammad Nakhla and Jamal Nakhla who were injured by rubber coated steel bullets.

Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades, live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesters who responded with throwing empty bottles, firebombs, and stones.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that approximately 200 Palestinians "hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails" at Israeli soldiers, who fired at protesters in response.

She added that one hit was confirmed during the "violent and illegal riot."

Muhammad Mubarak was killed by Israeli forces while he was working on a USAID funded project on a main road on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses said that Mubarak was shot dead after Israeli forces harassed him and forced him to take his clothes off while he was "carrying a sign to direct the traffic."

Israel's army said Mubarak opened fire at Israeli forces in the area.
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1 ) Rami / Palestine
31/01/2014 19:31
"violent and illegal riot". OK, I'll play devil's advocate and give them "violent" but illegal? No. It's not illegal. Under the 4th Geneva Convention. The occupier (that's YOU Israel) are legally obligated to protect and provide services for the occpuied (that's US). Furthermore, WE the occupied are legally allowed and obligated to resist against YOUR illegal occupation. Furthermore legality implies legal jurisdiction of which you have NONE in Ramallah, Al Bireh or Al Jalazun Refugee Camp.

2 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
31/01/2014 20:45
More bad behavior from younger crowd in the West Bank and an absence of responsible adults to check their behavior and keep them safe and out of trouble. You have to wonder what the rioters think they are accomplishing. Their resistance is futile and makes them look like idiots.

3 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
31/01/2014 21:08
Rami, even if Israel is an occupier, it is a legal occupier under the laws of belligerent occupation. Under the laws of belligerent occupation, the occupier has the obligation to keep order. This clearly means they have the right to deal with violent rioters, who are illegally breaching the peace which the occupier is protecting. However, you should note that Israel having ejected the illegal Jordanian occupation in 1967, Israel is the only state with a sovereign claim to the area.

4 ) Rami / Palestine
31/01/2014 22:46
#3 BS from you, Canadian. Clearly you've never had to fight for your right to exist. Maybe you've only had to "fight for your right to party...."

5 ) JoeUSA / USA
01/02/2014 00:27
The Palestinians are not" rioting" when the IDF is not present. They are not killing each other , destroying property, so on and so forth. Violence only erupts when the IDF appears on the scene and engages the protesters. The IDF starts shooting rubber coated bullets , live bullets , stun grenades , tear gas and unleashing dogs . Now , the IDF can avoid all this violence by not appearing and engaging. Do not go in the refugee camp , there is no riot.

6 ) J / Usa
01/02/2014 05:51
to #1 wake up from your fantasy world. there is no occupation. definition of occupation is when sovereign country occupies another. you were never a country and you are are not real people . your illegal entity fires rockets an peaceful country so lets not talk about any Geneva conventions because im sure it doesn't say anything about firing rockets is normal

7 ) Johnny benson / USA
01/02/2014 17:10
Negative...negative...always negative...lets look at the positive for once...lets see..what's positive here?...ok ok...I am thinking...lets see...for one...the Israelis have the bigger and better guns...that's good... Now for the other side....the Israelis use rubber bullets..heck that's better then regular bullets...that's good....also the Arabs look to be well fed and healthy..that's good... Also the adults send the kids out to make trouble...that's smart of them...is that good?

8 ) Brandy / Usa2
01/02/2014 18:58
@5- Well said Joe, it's only when the IOF arrives that the stones & molotovs come out, otherwise its life as normal in the camps. @6) - J, I suggest you get some spectacles, because the article doesn't mention rockets, or maybe you should go back to playing 'Call of Duty', because you've got the wrong conflict here, this is the W.Bank.
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