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Medics: 23 Palestinians injured in Hebron clashes

Sept. 28, 2013 2:05 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 29, 2013 12:57 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Twenty-three Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron on Friday, Palestinian medics said.

Red Crescent official Nasser Qabaja told Ma'an that 15 people were taken to Hebron hospital from al-Shalala Street in the city center. Of the 23 wounded Palestinians, three were injured with live bullets and 12 were struck by rubber coated steel bullets, he added.

Three Israeli soldiers were also lightly injured.

Eight Palestinians were taken to a hospital for treatment after clashes in al-Huwawur area near Halhoul. Of these, 1 was hit by a live bullet and 7 were hit by rubber coated steel bullets.

Qabaja added that dozens of other Palestinians who suffered tear gas inhalation were treated at the scene.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an that 5 Palestinians were "lightly injured", adding that, "in order to disperse the [Palestinian] rioters, IDF forces used various means to diminish the Palestinian violence, including limited, controlled live fire towards the lower extremities of Palestinians."

Clashes broke out across the West Bank on Friday, with protestors throwing rocks and empty bottles at Israeli military forces in Qalandiya, Nablus, and Jerusalem.

Hebron is a frequent site of clashes due to the presence of 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian houses and forcibly removed the original inhabitants.

A 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control.

The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, home of the revered Ibrahimi Mosque -- also split into a synagogue referred to as the Tomb of the Patriarchs -- and the once thriving Shuhada street, now just shuttered shops fronts and closed homes.

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