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At least 51 Palestinians injured in Ramallah-area clashes

Oct. 6, 2015 5:27 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 7, 2015 10:00 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- At least 51 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces in the Ramallah area Tuesday, as tensions remained high across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem following a spate of killings by Israeli forces and Palestinians.

Medics told Ma'an that at least six of the 51 injured are in critical condition, with dozens of injuries from live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets near the Beit El settlement.

The Red Crescent said 25 Palestinians were injured in clashes at Qalandiya military checkpoint, including five with live fire and 10 with rubber-coated steel bullets.

A 17-year-old Palestinian was shot in the stomach, reportedly with a0.22 caliber bullet,and underwent surgery to remove a bullet from near his spine, medics said. A Palestinian woman was also critically injured in her neck.

An Israeli border guard was reportedly injured when a stone was thrown at him.

A large march had set of from the entrance of Qalandiya refugee camp towards the checkpoint, with youths throwing rocks, empty bottles, and Molotov cocktails at soldiers.

Clashes also broke out near the Beit El settlement, with dozens of Palestinians injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and excessive tear gas inhalation.

Israeli forces reportedly detained a child in a supermarket in northern el-Bireh during the clashes and searched an ambulance carrying the injured to hospitals.

Earlier, Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians as fierce clashes broke out in Bethlehem following the funeral of a 13-year-old boy who was shot dead by Israeli forces the day before.

Two Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets in their head, while another was shot in the leg, medics told Ma'an, adding that they had been rushed to the operation room for treatment.

Initial reports said they had been shot with live fire.

Another seven Palestinians were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, medics said, and dozens suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.

Hundreds took part in the funeral procession of Abed al-Rahman Obeidallah, 13, who was shot in his chest while returning home from school in Aida refugee camp on Monday afternoon.

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