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4 injured, 1 arrested in clashes in Beit Ummar

Feb. 12, 2014 12:56 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 12, 2014 9:19 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets and dozens of others suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation in clashes with Israeli forces in Beit Ummar north of Hebron.

Spokesman for the popular resistance committee in Beit Ummar Mohammad Ayyad said that clashes broke out in the village during a funeral.

Ayyad added that Israeli forces were deployed at the entrance of the village, and near the cemetery where the funeral was held. They attempted to arrest a 12-year-old boy and clashed with residents who tried to stop them.

Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets, he said.

Mohammad Ali Khalil Sabarneh, 30, was detained during the clashes.

Ahmad Mohammad Awad, 16, was struck with a rubber-coated steel bullet on his left brow, and he was taken to Aliya hospital in Hebron. Two others were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets in the feet and were treated on the spot.

Abdul Aziz Ikhleel, 48, was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head from the range of 10 meters as he was returning home from work on a tractor, Ayyad said.

He was taken to al-Hikma medical complex, then transferred to Aliya hospital for treatment.

Israeli forces also fired a tear gas canister into the house of Nazih Mohammad Hussein Alqam, causing family members including a toddler to suffer from inhalation, he said.

Israel's military did not immediately return phone calls late Tuesday.
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