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Israeli forces injure 9 in clashes in al-Ram

Oct. 4, 2013 6:44 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 6, 2013 3:33 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Nine Palestinians were injured when Israeli forces opened fire on protests in al-Ram with live and rubber bullets on Friday.

Dozens also suffered tear-gas inhalation in the clashes which occurred at the east entrance of al-Ram. Al-Ram is in an area of East Jerusalem near Ramallah that is completely encircled by the Israeli separation wall and Israeli settlements.

Three Palestinians were injured with live bullets that hit their legs and stomachs, while six others were struck with rubber-coated steel bullets in different body parts, medics at the Palestinian Medical Complex said.

Dozens of Palestinian passersby also suffered tear-gas inhalation.

Israel began building the separation wall in 2002, and the route has been the target of regular demonstrations by border towns whose land is cut off by its path. Israel has confiscated large plots of Palestinian land in order to build the wall. When the 435-mile barrier is complete, 85 percent of it will have been built inside the occupied West Bank.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law. The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

In 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled that the separation wall was illegal and "tantamount to annexation."

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