Israeli soldiers have shot and injured a Palestinian teenager during scuffles with a group of young Palestinians at a refugee camp north of the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a convoy of several buses, transporting Jewish extremists and escorted by more than 15 Israeli military vehicles, arrived at the premises of Joseph’s Tomb in the heart of Nablus, located approximately 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of al-Quds (Jerusalem), early on Tuesday.
Clashes then broke out in the nearby Balata and Askar refugee camps between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.
Israeli troopers fired tear gas canisters, stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets as well as live ammunition at Palestinians, who were throwing stones in response.
A Palestinian teenage boy, identified as 16-year-old Basim Zakariyya Suleiman, was shot in the foot. He was taken to Rafedia Hospital in Nablus.
In recent months, Israeli forces have frequently raided Palestinians’ homes in the West Bank, arresting dozens of Palestinian people, who are then transferred to Israeli detention centers, where they are kept without any charges brought up against them.
The Palestinian Authority Department of Prisoners Affairs said in a statement on January 5 that Palestinian prisoners kept inside Israeli detention facilities are suffering from serious health problems, yet they are denied proper medical treatment.
Over 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in 17 Israeli prisons and detention camps. Also, some 540 Palestinians are held without any trial under administrative detention, which is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.