Palestinian boy hurt in West Bank clashes

April 15, 2011

NABLUS (Ma’an) — An 11-year-old Palestinian boy was injured Thursday after Israeli forces fired tear-gas canisters to break up clashes in the northern West Bank, onlookers said.

Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Daghlus said the boy, Amid Asous, was treated in hospital for tear-gas inhalation.

Local residents clashed with settlers between the Palestinian village of Burin and the illegal settlement of Givat Ronen, throwing rocks at one another, news reports in Israeli media said.

An army spokeswoman told Ma’an that army and border guard forces arrived at the scene. She confirmed witness reports that Nablus’ Huwwara checkpoint was closed during the incident.

The Palestinians claimed that settlers used live fire in the incident, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. It said the military had reported opening an investigation into the claims.

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