BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a 28-year-old Palestinian in the thigh during clashes between Israeli settlers and local Palestinians near Tuqu village, south of Bethlehem, on Thursday, medical sources said.
Medical sources told Ma'an that Samih Ali Abed Sabah, 28, was injured in the thigh with live fire during the clashes.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the shooting, telling Ma'an that Israeli forces fired .22 caliber live fire at protesters after Palestinians "refused to comply" with "riot dispersal means," and that a "main instigator" was hit in the lower extremities.
Sabah, who is reportedly in moderate condition, was taken to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital by a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance.
Locals said Israel military forces had fired tear gas, live fire, and stun grenades at Palestinians during the clashes, adding that dozens of people have suffered from tear-gas inhalation in the Dar Sabah and al-Luzia areas of Tuqu village
Locals added that Israeli forces have closed off all roads into and out of Tuqu and that a "large" number of Israeli reinforcements have been deployed at Tuqu's entrance.
The clashes began after local Palestinians claimed that an Israeli settler opened fire at a school in the village of Tuqu. more