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Israeli forces 'fire live ammunition' at Hebron rally

Aug. 20, 2011 4:28 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2011 12:21 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday used live ammunition to disperse a demonstration against land confiscation in Beit Ummar near Hebron, local officials said.

Popular committee spokesman Younis Arar said soldiers stormed the rally as demonstrators marched toward the illegal Karmi Zur settlement, built on Palestinian-owned land.

Arar said it was the first time Israeli troops used live bullets at the weekly protest in Beit Ummar. He added that forces assaulted several protesters.

Locals Yousif Abu Maria, 36, and Majdi Zaaqiq, 40, and five foreign nationals were detained, he added.

An army spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
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