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Ministry: 14 Palestinians killed, 1,000 injured since Oct. 1

Oct. 9, 2015 11:19 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 10, 2015 12:02 P.M.)
Palestinian soldiers mourn over the body of 13-year-old Abed al-Rahman Obeidallah, one of several killed in the latest round of violence. (AFP/Musa Al-Shaer, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fourteen Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and around 1,000 injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since Oct. 1, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said Friday.

By the end of the day on Friday alone, seven Palestinians were killed and around 200 injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets, while seven suffered from bruises after being physically assaulted by Israeli forces in clashes across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

According to the ministry, the numbers include those who were admitted to hospitals, while hundreds of others were treated on the scene.

In the Gaza Strip, six Palestinians were killed and 145 others injured by the end of the day as Israeli military forces opened fire at a demonstration by the border fence east of Gaza City and near Khan Younis, the ministry said.

In Hebron, Mohammad Al-Jabari,19, was killed after allegedly stabbing an Israeli border police officer and 11 were injured, three with live bullets in the feet, the rest with rubber-coated steel bullets. One of the latter was hit in the head and taken to Yatta hospital.

In ongoing clashes near the Beit El settlement in the Ramallah district, eight people were injured with live bullets and 22 with rubber-coated steel bullets, according to the ministry. Four those injured are currently in serious condition.

As clashes persisted in Bethlehem, five were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets and one with live bullet in the foot, the ministry said.

Three Palestinians were injured with live bullets in the stomach and feet in clashes in Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya, and six others were beaten up by Israeli forces and settlers in Beit Furik in Nablus, one of them suffering fractures to the head.

In Jenin, nine were injured with live bullets to the feet and two with rubber-coated steel bullets, including one Palestinian who was hit in the neck.

Another Palestinian suffered several bruises and fractures after being beaten up by Israeli forces in Jericho, the ministry added.

According to Ma'an reports, eight of those killed since the beginning of the month have been shot by Israeli forces during demonstrations and clashes, including a 13-year-old boy. The majority of the others were killed during alleged stabbing attacks and are below the age of twenty.

Four Israelis have been killed during the same time period, two of whom were Israeli settlers.

High fatality and injury rates since the beginning of the month come as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Thursday to take action against "inciters" and "attackers" in the wake of a series of stabbing attacks on Israelis.

Rights groups have argued that Israeli forces use unnecessary and fatal methods of "crowd control" against Palestinians, especially in the aftermath of the recent approval of the use of .22 caliber bullets in occupied East Jerusalem.

Arguing that the new law expands the ability for Israeli forces to target Palestinians, PLO secretary-general Saeb Erekat said: "The Israeli government continues to incite against Palestinian lives, with a culture of hate that dehumanizes a whole nation."

Tensions have soared across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories in recent weeks following a series of stabbing attacks by both Israelis and Palestinians, and violent attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians.
Comments
Outlier / USA
Palestinians love to keep score.
10/10/2015 00:03
nobody responds any more / why?
no one cares?
10/10/2015 01:59
joseph / australia
what is abbas doing, have not said much about his people
10/10/2015 02:32
Johnny benson / USA
What madness...nothing good for the Palestinians can come out of this latest outbreak of lunacy...like gaza...it's futile...
10/10/2015 17:19
AG / U.S.
In defense of good journalism, it would benefit Ma'an to include that many of these Palestinians were killed while killing other people. Just listing a tally would not fly where good reporting practices are appreciated. Omitting pertinent information, like context, amounts to nothing but propaganda
11/10/2015 01:51
@nobody responds any more / why? / -
what a stupid comment, lots of people respond and care
12/10/2015 21:58
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