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Israeli forces suppress West Bank demos

Feb. 27, 2015 7:21 P.M. (Updated: March 3, 2015 4:07 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinians demonstrating against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank.

Three Palestinians were injured by live bullets and dozens suffered excessive tear gas inhalation during a protest in the city of Hebron, locals said.

Local sources told Ma'an that Israeli forces suppressed a demonstration of Palestinians who were demanding Israeli authorities reopen Shuhada street, once a major thoroughfare in Hebron's Old City.

The three who were shot with live bullets were identified as Abd al-Majid Amro, Issa Mahmoud Amro, and Anas Amro.

Israeli soldiers also arrested three youths, one of whom was identified as Hijazi Obeido.

The march was called for by popular committees and various Palestinian factions across the West Bank, just days after the 21st anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre.

Protesters chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and settlements, and against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming visit to Hebron and the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Shuhada street, which runs through the Old City to the Ibrahimi Mosque, was shut down after the massacre of February 1994 in which an extremist American-born Jew, Baruch Goldstein, opened fire at Muslim worshipers killing 29 and injuring more than 120.

The Ibrahimi Mosque -- known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs -- is believed to be the burial place of the prophet Abraham.

Kafr Qaddum rally

Meanwhile, in Kafr Qaddum near Nablus, a photojournalist who works for Reuters was hit by an Israeli tear gas grenade in the neck.

Murad Ishtewi, the coordinator of the popular resistance committees in Kafr Qaddum, told Ma'an Israeli soldiers opened fire and shot tear gas canisters, injuring Reuters photojournalist Abd al-Rahman al-Qussini.

Dozens of Palestinians suffered from tear-gas inhalation and faintness and were treated on the spot by the Palestinian Red Crescent, he said.

The marchers chanted slogans calling for the boycott of Israeli products.

The march was organized under the title: "Do not pay for the bullets that kill you and the gas that suffocates you." It came amid a series of activities organized by the Fatah movement calling for boycott.

Protests are held every Friday in Kafr Qaddum against Israel's closure of a main road linking the village to its nearest city, Nablus.

Israel's military occupation of the West Bank dates back to 1967.
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