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Israeli forces shoot, injure 53 with live fire in Nablus clashes

Oct. 11, 2015 2:32 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2015 11:31 P.M.)
Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus, on July 10. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh/File)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured at least 53 Palestinians, including a Ma'an cameraman, during clashes at Huwwara checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank on Sunday, medics said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces trapped Palestinian protesters and fired directly into the crowd, while other soldiers fired from a nearby watch tower.

Abd al-Halim Jaafra, the ambulance and emergency director at the Palestinian Red Crescent, told Ma'an that three of the injured were in critical condition and were undergoing surgery.

He said that the others were shot and injured in their lower extremities and had been taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus for treatment. Most were in moderate condition, he said.

A Ma'an cameraman, Rami Swidan, was covering clashes near the checkpoint when Israeli forces shot him with live fire in the leg. He was transferred to a hospital for medical treatment.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that Israeli forces fired 0.22 caliber live rounds as well as rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters.

She said that "a violent riot broke out at the entrance to Nablus," with Palestinians "firing slingshots, hurling rocks, and rolling burning tires" at Israeli forces.

She claimed that Israeli soldiers fired warning shots before opening fire on the protesters.

Last week, Israeli forces shot and injured a reporter from the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV channel while she was reporting from the al-Issawiya village of occupied East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms, known as MADA, has said in a statement that it "condemns the Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists," and urged the international community to pressure Israel's government to prevent such incidents.

Clashes have injured over 1,300 Palestinians since the beginning of the month, with 152 shot with live and rubber-coated steel bullets on Sunday alone, according to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health and the Palestinian Red Crescent.

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