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Dozens of Palestinians injured as Israelis raid refugee camp

RIA Novosti


GAZA, February 8 (RIA Novosti) - Israel police injured dozens of Palestinians in violence that broke out after they raided a refugee camp on the edge of Jerusalem on Monday, a Palestinian news agency reported.

Israeli police moved into the camp early on Monday to arrest tax evaders while Palestinians, mostly schoolchildren, retaliated in the afternoon by hurling stones.

Over 10 people were detained, police said.

The Ma'an agency said clashes erupted near the military checkpoint at the main entrance to the camp after young Palestinians pelted Israeli soldiers with stones and empty bottles. Soldiers responded by firing tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades.

The Shu'fat refugee camp is home to more than 25,000 Palestinian refugees, most of whom were displaced from their homes across Jerusalem.

The camp is isolated from Jerusalem by the separation wall, and two military checkpoints were erected at the western entrance of the camp to monitor Palestinian movement. Residents have to pass through these checkpoints on a daily basis to go about their lives.

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