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2 injured as Israeli forces open fire during clashes near Beit Ummar

Feb. 27, 2014 7:48 P.M. (Updated: March 1, 2014 7:05 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured and dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation on Thursday after Israeli forces opened fired on Palestinian protesters near Safa north of Beit Ummar in the southern West Bank, according to a local committee.

Spokesman for the local popular resistance committee Mohammad Ayyad Awad said that Israeli forces fired live bullets, stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes.

Two Palestinians were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets.

Awad added that Israeli forces retreated to a nearby settlement following the clashes.

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli forces raided the village of Birzeit in the central West Bank and killed a young man following an hours-long standoff. Clashes broke out near Hebron in response to the killing.

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