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Israeli forces shoot 2 Palestinians inside Silwad home
Published Saturday 16/08/2014 (updated) 18/08/2014 13:24
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers on Friday shot and injured two young Palestinian men inside their home in the village of Silwad east of Ramallah, locals told Ma'an.

Witnesses said that one of the two was struck several times in the foot, while the other was hit by shrapnel from the gunshots.

The victims were identified only as members of the al-Nahl family, whose house was stormed by Israeli soldiers during the course of a military raid on the village.

The incident took place following fierce clashes in the village between local young men and Israeli soldiers who had stormed the village.

Locals threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces, while the soldiers fired tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and live bullets at the protesters.

As clashes took place in the streets and alleyways of the village, numerous bystanders and locals inside their homes including elderly people and children were hurt by the tear gas, which locals say Israeli soldiers used excessively and indiscriminately.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces were "called to the scene" after a few Palestinians threw rocks at an Israeli military post in the area.

There was then a "violent riot" in which 200 Palestinians "attacked Israeli forces on site" with rocks.

One Palestinian attempted to attack an Israeli soldier with a concrete block and Israeli forces "opened fire at his local extremities," injuring him, the spokeswoman said.

The injured man was transferred to Palestinian medics for treatment.

Another Palestinian was arrested during the clashes, the spokeswoman said.

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1 ) Jerome Freedman / US
16/08/2014 17:23
I noticed that you reported on the response first, then the cause.

2 ) Victoria gold / Uk
17/08/2014 01:40
I think actually the cause is not reported here. Palestinians throw rocks at invaders of their land. Can anyone verify what type of bullets they are shooting with? Thanks.

3 ) Elizabeth Molchany / USA
17/08/2014 02:45
Jerome, you forgot to mention that the Israeli occupation and extermination soldiers shouldn't be there in the first place.

4 ) Ray Hanania / USA
17/08/2014 15:57
What was the "Cause?" Oh, that's right, Israel invaded Jerusalem and brutalized the residents, took their properties and expelled their families. And then the response is Palestinians used bullets and tanks to fight back? No, they threw rocks. And then Israel fired live weapons. Notice the Israeli spokesperson doesn't say they were shot in their homes, but makes it look like it was done during the "skirmish." Everyone in the world sees this as more War crimes by Israel's Netanyahu government.

5 ) roberta verde / italy
17/08/2014 17:25
The response to what, Jerome? Even if it weren't an invading army, which it is, in "democratic" countries people get arrested and not shot in their legs. Especially considering that I don't read of injured soldiers anywhere, nor of their lives threatened. The news here is that a man has been fired at. Period.

6 ) Asking for few Clarifications / Moe / USA
18/08/2014 00:56
#3 Elizabeth, do you mean that Americans are occupiers and should leave America as well? When, in your opinion, somebody ceases to be an occupier, after one, two, or three generation? FYI, Jews constitute the majority in Jerusalem for the last 250 years.

7 ) Fritz / USA
18/08/2014 03:27
And 2 & 3 forgot to mention why Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza in the first place.
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