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Red Crescent: Nearly 500 Palestinians injured in 3 days

Oct. 5, 2015 7:42 P.M. (Updated: March 21, 2016 5:14 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers east of the West Bank city of Nablus, on October 3, 2015, during a search for the suspected Palestinian killers of a settler couple. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh/File)
By: Killian Redden

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- At least 499 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers and settlers across the occupied Palestinian territory since Saturday, the Palestinian Red Crescent said Monday.

Spokesperson Errab Foqoha told Ma'an that at least 41 Palestinians had been shot with live rounds, while 143 were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets.

She said that 297 Palestinians had suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, while another 18 were injured when they were physically assaulted.

Israeli forces have also killed two Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, in fierce clashes that have swept the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since Friday.

The Palestinian Red Cross on Sunday declared a state of emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory, and said it was putting all its staff, teams and volunteers on standby.

It decried Israeli "violations" of humanitarian law, and called on the international community to take the "necessary steps" to make Israel comply with international law.

Tensions had been steadily mounting in recent weeks due to Israeli restrictions on Palestinians seeking to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.

However, it was violent Israeli reprisals that were carried out in the wake of two separate attacks that killed four Israelis last week, that prompted the latest clashes.

There have been warnings in Israeli media of a "third intifada," with Israeli daily Haaretz writing: "Perhaps it will take just one more death, on either side, for all hell to break loose in a cycle of vicious retribution."

However, the newspaper also noted that "the extent of current violence doesn't come close to that which took place in 1987 and 2000, when the previous two intifadas broke out."

On Sunday, the PLO warned that attacks by both Israeli soldiers and settlers indicated "the Israeli government is deliberately creating a situation of violence and instability that threatens to spiral out of control."
Julie / USA
statistics don't lie...these numbers prove beyond ANY doubt of the obscene brutality, out-of-control violence and inhuman criminality of israel.
05/10/2015 19:52
Brian Cohen / Israel
Statistics do indeed lie, Julie. Statistics show that obscene brutal occupation and land theft does indeed work. Look at you, Julie. You're the successful American white trash occupier who stole an entire continent. Works great for you, Julie!
05/10/2015 19:59
Luzer / USA
Julie unfortunately you accept throwing rocks and stabbing innocent people as something legitimate try doing this in your town where you live and see what happens to you. It's not Israel who starts wars they want peace. The 3rd so called intifada will be crushed like the first two were.
05/10/2015 20:38
Tobias / USA
Over 5,000 Palestinians took part in the violent clashes, and
Only 500 Palestinians were injured to stop them, so that
More than 50,000 Israelis would not become victims of violence !!
05/10/2015 20:55
Joe Fattal / USA
Come on you pro-Israeli, the Palestinians have all the right in the world to shoot, kill.and throw stones. They are been occupy and they have the right to resist since Netanyahu wants to talk without taking no action except the status quo. Which means more killing and probably on both sided.
05/10/2015 22:04
D. / USA
There won't be peace until the madness of TelAviv and DC is destroyed...
Bye bye are so desperate. Bully of the ME has come to an end. Viva Russia, Iran and Palestine.
06/10/2015 00:33
Outlier / USA
"One of life's disappointments is not getting one's heart's desire, the other is getting it." Palestinians should be very careful about sowing the wind, lest they reap the whirlwind.
06/10/2015 01:24
Zerach / USA
stop trying to justify israel's crimes just because the palestinian threw a couple rocks. they live their lives in constant violence and fear, it is resistance, not terrorism.
06/10/2015 09:26
Brian Cohen / Israel
Joe - you're telling us that Native Americans have the right to kill you, Joe, by shooting you and your family in your car. Or pour gasoline on you and light you up and watch you scream as you and your wife and kids burn to death. By your logic they have the right to do that, Joe Fattal.
06/10/2015 09:41
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