Bethlehem, 16 Rabiul Akhir 1434/ 26 February 2013 (MINA) – Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian child was seriously injured by Israeli occupation forces fire during clashes that took place near the Aida Refugee Camp, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
       At least 10 Palestinians have been injured during clashes that took place in Ramallah according to IMEMC reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Tuesday morning.
       Clashes took place after Israeli soldiers tried to invade the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, and the soldiers fired rounds of live ammunition, gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets.
       Eyewitnesses told the Palestine News Network (PNN) that two live rounds hit the child, 13 years old, in the back apparently fired by a silenced gun as no gunshot sounds were heard.
      The child was moved to the government hospital in Bethlehem, and his injury has been described as serious. Another Palestinian youth was shot by rubber-coated metal bullets.
       Also in Bethlehem, clashes took place in Tequa’ village, east of the city, as the army used excessive force to disperse Palestinians protesting the death of detainee Arafat Jaradat, who died at an Israeli interrogation facility on Saturday due to extreme torture.
       Mohammad Al-Badan, head of the Youth Council in Tequa’, told the Radio Bethlehem 2000 that a Palestinian child was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the foot, while several were for the effects of teargas inhalation.
        Similar clashes took place close to the Ofer Israeli prison, near of the Central West Bank city of Ramallah, and 10 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli army fire.
       Medical sources at the Palestine Medical Center in the city reported eight of the wounded were shot by live rounds and rubber-coated metal bullets, while one resident was hit in the head by a gas bomb fired by the army, and a 24-year-olld woman was treated for the effects of teargas inhalation.
       Robert Serry, the UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process, called for “an independent and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Jaradat’s death, the results of which should be made public as soon as possible”.
       “The United Nations is closely monitoring the situation on the ground where mounting tensions present a real risk of destabilization,” Serry’s office said in a statement.
       President Abbas told reporters Monday that “the Israelis want chaos…..We will not allow them to drag us into it and to mess with the lives of our children and our youth.”
       “We lost Arafat Jaradat who was arrested and came back in a coffin and this cannot pass lightly. We will not allow them to keep our prisoners in jails all their lives for crimes they didn’t commit”. (T/P01/E1).

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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