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Over 100 injured, 10 by live fire as clashes erupt across West Bank

Oct. 9, 2015 5:14 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 9, 2015 11:20 P.M.)
An Israeli guard aims his weapon at Palestinian protesters during clashes at the main entrance of the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Oct. 6, 2015. (AFP)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Fresh clashes broke out across the occupied West Bank throughout the day on Friday, injuring dozens, as several stabbing attacks were earlier reported across Israel, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank, medics said.

Over 100 Palestinian demonstrators were injured throughout the day, including at least nine by live fire, bringing the total number of Palestinians injured by Israeli forces over the past eight days to over 1,000.

Clashes  erupted in the town of Kafr Qaddum near the occupied West Bank city of Qalqilya, where a 60-year-old Palestinian was injured with live fire in the thigh and waist, witnesses said

Locals said that Muayyad Aref Ishteiwi was on his way to the mosque for Friday prayers before Israeli forces raided the town and opened fire at Palestinians preparing to take part in the town's weekly march against the occupation.

Ishteiwi was taken to the Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus where his condition was reported as critical, witnesses added.

Four injuries were reported in Beit Fajjar in southern Bethlehem after demonstrators were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes.

At the northern entrance of Bethlehem, five were injured during clashes. Two were hit with live bullets in the feet, while three others were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Dozens were also injured during ongoing clashes at the Huwwara checkpoint in southern Nablus.

Locals told Ma'an that hundreds of Palestinians arrived to the Huwwara checkpoint after Friday prayers and set fire to car tires before clashes erupted between Israeli forces and demonstrators.

A Palestinian was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet during the clashes and was taken to a hospital for treatment where his injury was reported as light.

In Beit Furik, hundreds of Palestinians headed to the Beit Furik checkpoint after hearing calls from the speakers of the town’s mosques, locals said.

Clashes erupted between Israeli forces and dozens of youths, leaving one critically injured by live fire.

Member of the central committee of the Popular Struggle Front, Munadel Hanani, told Maan that Bassel Younis Hanani, 18, was hit with live fire directly in the thigh and was taken to the Rafidiya hospital for treatment, while more than 20 Palestinians suffered tear-gas inhalation.

Hanani added that dozens of settlers attempted to raid the town from the al-Najma area but were prevented by locals.

In the al-Balou area in northern al-Bireh near the Beit El settlement in the Ramallah district, 54 Palestinians were injured by live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and teargas inhalation during clashes.

Clashes erupted in the area when hundreds of Palestinians headed towards the Beit El checkpoint after the funeral of Muhannad al-Halabi, 19, whose body was delivered by Israel earlier in the day.

In Hebron, 58 injuries were reported from ongoing clashes throughout the day, including six from live fire.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on Friday's clashes.

Clashes in the West Bank coincided with deadly confrontations in the Gaza Strip, where five have been reported killed by Israeli forces.

Over 900 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces in clashes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in the past week, according to medics.
Outlier / USA
The hundreds of rocks in that photograph say volumes about which side initiated the confrontation. Overmatched on weaponry, Palestinians desperately need a different approach.
09/10/2015 20:39
Outlier / USA
Now imagine ALL live fire. Fewer injuries, but plenty of death. Time for Palestinians to get smart, cool the violence and find a different approach.
10/10/2015 02:11
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