Palestinian injured in clashes south of Nablus

NABLUS (Ma’an) — A teenager was hospitalized Wednesday morning after being shot in the leg by Israeli forces with a rubber-coated bullet, as witnesses said the force entered the village of Urif.

South of the illegal Yitzhar settlement, locals said the military patrol sparked clashes as a group of armored cars drive through the area, prompting teens and children on their way to class to throw stones and yell.

Medical sources at the Palestinian Red Crescent identified the injured teen as 18-year-old Ahmad Muhammad Shehadeh, who was moderately injured in his left leg by rubber bullets and was taken to Rafedia Hospital in Nablus.

Shehadeh is the second teen to have been hospitalized with injuries from Israeli rubber-coated bullets in two days.

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old was hit four times with the bullets, used as part of what Israeli military officials call “riot dispersal mechanisms.”

The teen was shot in the back, hands and neck, medics said, as he walked near an Israeli military patrol in the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.

An Israeli military spokesman said troops conducting a search operation identified a group of approximately 20 individuals throwing rocks at the force, and responded with riot dispersal mechanisms. The spokesman said soldiers were aware of one person who was moderately injured.

According to witnesses, the teen was later detained by Israeli forces, but a spokesman for the military said he could not confirm the report.

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