Israeli forces shoot, injure six Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza Strip
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Israeli military forces have reportedly shot and wounded six Palestinians, including a woman, near the border in the blockaded Gaza Strip as well as the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israeli forces raided al-Arroub refugee camp, situated 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) south of Bethlehem, early on Saturday, prompting clashes with the residents of the camp, the Palestinian Information Center reported.
Israeli troopers fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse the crowd. A young Palestinian man was shot and injured during the mayhem.
Meanwhile, Gaza’s Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said two Palestinian youths were injured when Israeli military forces clashed with a group of Palestinian protesters east of Gaza City on Friday.
Shortly afterwards, Israeli military forces shot and injured a 37-year-old woman and a man in his early 20s during clashes east of Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.
The woman was hit in the shoulder, while the man sustained gunshot wounds to the foot.
Another Palestinian youth was injured when Israeli military forces clashed with Palestinian protesters east of al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.
The occupied territories have witnessed a fresh bout of tensions ever since Israeli forces introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.
Palestinians say Tel Aviv seeks to change the status quo of the site, which is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina in Saudi Arabia. It is also highly respected by Jews and Christians.
More than 220 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October.