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90 Palestinians injured by live fire in Hebron clashes

Aug. 1, 2014 4:17 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2014 8:18 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) More than 90 Palestinians were injured by live fire during clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron on Friday, medics said.

Wilid Zaloum, director of Hebron Governmental Hospital, told Ma'an more 90 Palestinians arrived at the hospital with bullet wounds after being shot by Israeli forces.

Three of the Palestinians were critically injured, Zaloum told Ma'an. Many others were in moderate condition after being shot in the lower extremities.

Organizers said 50,000 people marched in central Hebron in protest against Israel's ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip.

Hundreds of youths approached a military checkpoint at the entrance of Shuhada street in central Hebron and threw stones and empty bottles at soldiers, witnesses said.

They also launched fireworks at the soldiers.

Witnesses said dozens of Palestinians were taken to hospital by ambulances and private cars after being shot with live fire and rubber-coated bullets, and suffering from excessive tear gas inhalation.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that 300 Palestinians were "rioting in the area of Hebron" and that Israeli forces used "riot dispersal means" against protesters. The spokeswoman decline to comment on whether or not live fire was used.

The clashes came on the 25th day of Israel's offensive on Gaza after Hamas called on Palestinians across the West Bank to protest the assault which has thus far left some 1,500 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians.

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