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Israeli forces shoot, wound four Palestinians in Jenin, West Bank

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows Israeli soldiers.

Israeli troopers have shot and wounded at least four Palestinians in northern city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank as tensions continue to simmer in the occupied territories. 

The Palestinian Information Center, quoting local sources, reported that Khaled Nasser Fraihat, a worker from Yamoun town, west of Jenin, was shot in his leg by Israeli forces while he was going to his workplace on Sunday.

The shooting occurred near the “Apartheid Wall” in the vicinity of Barta’a town, southwest of Jenin, the report said, adding that the Palestinian worker was then taken to a nearby hospital for due treatment.

Israel began building the barrier of walls and fences inside the occupied West Bank back in 2002. Tel Aviv argues that the project is aimed at preventing "infiltration" into the occupied territories, but Palestinians say the move is yet another violation of their rights and allows for further annexation of their land.

The barrier wall violates the basic rights of nearly a million Palestinians, forcing thousands of them to obtain special permits from Israeli forces to allow them to move between their homes and their lands.

According to the report, Palestinian workers are always chased by Israeli forces while trying to access their workplaces in the occupied lands.

Separately on Sunday morning, clashes occurred between Israeli soldiers, who had stormed Jenin, and young Palestinians. Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center that Israeli forces fired live bullets and tear gas canisters.

At least three young Palestinians sustained injuries – namely Hassan Turkman, a child who was shot in his leg, Diaa Yusuf, a young man who was also shot in the leg, and Thamer al-Mahr, a boy who was wounded with a rubber bullet.

According to the report, the three wounded Palestinians were taken to hospitals in Jenin for due treatment.

Locals also said that a number of other protesting Palestinians suffered breathing problems.

Additionally, Ibrahim Al-Saadi, another young Palestinian, was injured in his leg and back after an Israeli patrol intentionally ran over him, the report added.

Tensions are rising in the occupied Palestinian territories as Israel presses ahead with expansionism, illegal settlement construction and violence against the Palestinians. 

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

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