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Two injured in clashes in Beit Ummar

May 15, 2014 7:56 P.M. (Updated: May 16, 2014 9:28 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Safa area of Beit Ummar village south of Hebron after forces raided their neighborhood.

Spokesman for the popular resistance committee Mohammad Ayyad Awad said that Israeli troops raided Safa area, before residents in the area tried to stop them with rocks.

Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas in the ensuing clashes.

Mohammad Khalil Mahmoud Abu Dayyeh, 23, was hit by a rubber-coated steel bullet in the thigh. Israeli forces tried to arrest him, but he was carried away to an ambulance before the forces could reach him, Awad said.

Awad added that another 16-year-old was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the left foot and was treated on the scene, while dozens of others suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation.

An Israeli military spokesman did not immediately return to calls seeking comment.

The clashes came amid protests across the West Bank in commemoration of Nakba Day, which marks the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes in what became the state of Israel in 1948.
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