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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinians in weekly protests

Aug. 28, 2015 9:27 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 29, 2015 12:44 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian and dozens of others were wounded as weekly protests were dispersed across the occupied West Bank Friday afternoon, locals said.

The demonstrations marked ongoing efforts by Palestinian residents to protest the effects of the Israeli occupation, including land disputes, the separation wall, freedom of movement, and water claims.

In Kafr Qaddum, 36-year-old Deyaa Shtewei was shot in the foot with a live bullet and taken to Rafidia hospital for treatment, while dozens were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets and treated on the scene, said Murad Shtewei, the village's popular resistance coordinator.

Tear gas and skunk water -- a foul-smelling liquid that leaves individuals and homes smelling like feces and garbage for weeks -- was also used by Israeli forces against demonstrators, Shtewei added.

In the village of Bilin, Israeli forces shot journalist Mohammad Basman Yasin a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg, and dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation, locals said.

Israeli forces detained activist Iyad Burnat, the head of the villages' popular resistance committee, as well as a photographer, Hamza Yasin. The two were taken to an unknown destination.

In Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian child, Salam Basim, was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the foot and suffered a broken toe, while several others were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets but were treated on the scene.

Israeli forces raided the southern area of the village where they clashed with activists and detained Mahmoud al-Tamimi and an unidentified Italian activist.

The forces also assaulted a child, Mohammad Basim -- who suffered a broken arm during an Israeli raid in the village two days ago -- in addition to beating his mother Nariman, and Nawal al-Tamimi.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on any of Friday's incidents.

Rights groups have criticized Israel for disproportionate use of force against unarmed civilians during demonstrations.

While crowd control weapons are intended to be non-lethal, many methods used by Israeli forces cause death, severe injury, and damage to property, critics say.

Over 100 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during demonstrations and clashes in the first three weeks of this month, according to documentation by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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