Israeli troops shoot, injure 2 Palestinians in clashes near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Two young Palestinian men were injured Thursday evening in clashes with Israeli troops in the Am Rukba neighborhood of al-Khader south of Bethlehem, medics said.

Director of ambulance and emergency services in Bethlehem district Abdul-Halim Jaafira told Ma’an that the two were hit by plastic-coated bullets. One of the young men, he explained, was hit by a plastic-coated bullet which cut through his chest, while the other was hit in the leg.

Jaafira highlighted that the leg injury was more serious than the chest injury as the bullet penetrated to the bone.

The two were evacuated to the public hospital in Beit Jala.

Clashes continued in the area with young Palestinians hurling stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with plastic-coated bullets and tear-gas canisters.

Locals told Ma’an that several families suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately return calls.

(Source / 04.04.2013)

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