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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian teenager near West Bank checkpoint

Injured Palestinian teenager Yahya Omar Ali Sarhan reacts as his gunshot wound is treated at a hospital in the city of Tulkarm, in the northern West Bank, January 31, 2017. (Photo by Ma’an news agency)

Israeli military forces have shot and injured a Palestinian teenage boy near a security checkpoint in the northwestern part of the West Bank.

Yahya Omar Ali Sarhan, 19, said he was walking toward the Jabara checkpoint in the city of Tulkarm, located about 15 kilometers west of Nablus, on Monday when he saw two Israeli soldiers wandering in a nearby olive orchard. Sarhan said that one of the soldiers opened unprovoked fire at him, injuring him in the knee.

The Palestinian teenager added that the soldiers then ran toward the checkpoint.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said its staff transported Sarhan to a hospital.

The development came shortly after Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles traveling on the main road between the occupied West Bank cities of Ramallah and Nablus, leaving a Palestinian man injured.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, said Nahed Qabaha sustained injuries on Monday afternoon when illegal settlers pelted his minibus with stones near As-Sawiya town, located 18 kilometers south of Nablus.

Daghlas added that Qabaha was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Ten vehicles were reportedly damaged in the stone-throwing attack.

The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed tensions ever since Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.

Nearly 280 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of October that year.

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