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10 Palestinians injured in clashes with IDF

by JTA

June 27, 2014 | 8:48 am

<em>Israel/Gaza border. Image via Reuters</em>

Israel/Gaza border. Image via Reuters

Israeli troops injured ten Palestinians in raids carried out in the West Bank and in shelling on targets near Gaza, Palestinian sources said.

The West Bank casualties were wounded on Friday morning in clashes between Palestinians and Israel Defense Forces soldiers in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.

The raid was part of Israel’s push to find three Israeli youths — Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach — who have been missing since June 12 in and whom the Israeli government presumes were kidnapped by Hamas, although the militant group denies this. The youths were hitchhiking home from schools in the West Bank.

Israeli security forces have arrested hundreds of suspects in the West Bank in connection with the youths’ disappearance.

One of the three Palestinians suffered from injuries caused by a rubber-coated bullet that hit his left eye, Ma’an reported. The remaining two casualties were hit in their hand and leg. They all sustained moderate injuries.

In Gaza, six Palestinians were injured on Friday morning after Israeli tanks fired into the Hamas-run area from across the border, Ma’an reported. The casualties included a pregnant woman and an  11-year-old child, medical sources told Ma’an. The report did not contain information about their medical condition.

The tanks fired in response to an explosion targeting Israeli forces operating adjacent to the security fence” in the area, the IDF Spokesperson’s unit said. No Israelis were hurt in the explosion.

On Thursday evening, Israeli troops shot a Palestinian teenager in the Hajar al-Deek area near the border separating Gaza from Israel.

The 17-year-old was shot in the foot while he was collecting gravel near the border, medical sources said.

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