Thursday, 12 September 2013

Palestinian shot by Israeli soldiers escorting right-wingers into refugee camp


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's army says it shot and injured a Palestinian man early Thursday after he opened fire at soldiers escorting rightists to a site in the occupied West Bank.

A military spokesman told Ma'an the Palestinian, who was not identified, was taken into custody after receiving initial medical care from an army doctor for moderate injuries.

The spokesman told Ma'an that the soldiers "fired back at the suspected shooter in self-defense" after he opened fire at soldiers amid a "large and violent riot."

The incident occurred as Israeli forces escorted hundreds of right-wing Israelis into the Balata refugee camp near Nablus so they could perform prayers at the Joseph's Tomb holy site.

Seven other Palestinians were hurt by tear-gas and rubber-coated steel bullets as Israeli forces fired at Palestinian homes. Among the injured were Thaer Qandil, Husam Qatanani, Murad Abu Musallam and Amid Abu Sayyaf. more

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