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Israeli forces injure 49 during clashes across the West Bank and Gaza

Oct. 22, 2015 7:24 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 23, 2015 10:46 A.M.)
A Palestinian protester uses a lamp post as cover during clashes with Israeli forces in Bethlehem on Oct. 13, 2015 (MaanImages/Sheren Khalel)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured at least 10 Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, and four with live bullets, in the occupied West Bank and Gaza during clashes on Thursday, medical sources told Ma'an.

In Gaza, Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians with live bullets during clashes east of al-Buriej refugee camp on the central Gaza border, the Gaza-based Ministry of Health said.

Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said the three were hit with live bullets in their lower extremities and are in moderate condition.

An Israeli army spokesperson could only confirm that two Palestinians were shot and injured in the area.

Witnesses told Maan Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinians in the area, some of which suffered injuries and were taken to Shuhada al-Aqsa hospital for treatment.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment on the incident.

A spokesperson for the Red Crescent said one Palestinian was shot with a live bullet in the occupied West Bank, and 10 with rubber-coated steel bullets. In addition, 23 Palestinians suffered from severe tear gas inhalation, and 12 suffered injuries from beatings by Israeli forces, bringing the total number of injured by Thursday afternoon in the occupied West Bank to 46.

In the northern Tulkarem district of the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian youth was injured with bullet shrapnel across his body, and three other youths who were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Several other youths suffered from tear-gas inhalation as Israeli forces suppressed the clashes near the Palestine Technical University in western Tulkarem on Thursday.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that "hundreds of Palestinian rioters" threw rocks and rolled burning tires at Israeli forces that used rubber-coated steel bullets and other "riot dispersal means."

Students of the Palestine Technical University have organized frequent marches in October in protest against Israeli violations and raids on the university's campus. When Israeli forces show up to suppress the marches, clashes break out.

Israeli forces have been positioned in a camp they set up inside the campus and used the position to fire bullets and tear-gas bombs at protesting students.

(MaanImages)

In the central Ramallah district's al-Bireh city, four Palestinian youths were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, medical sources said.

Locals said two Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces during the clashes that erupted after Israeli forces raided the Jabal al-Tawil neighborhood.

Israeli forces raided al-Bireh city and clashed with youths after they conducted search raids in several areas of the city.

Israeli soldiers fired copious amounts of tear gas at and between houses and schools, as well as rubber-coated steel bullets, locals said, as Palestinian youths threw rocks and empty bottles at soldiers.

Several students and teachers suffered tear-gas inhalation.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that the second week of October saw the highest number of Palestinian deaths and injuries in the West Bank and Israel recorded in a single week since 2005.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said last week that "the high number of casualties, in particular those resulting from the use of live ammunition by Israeli security forces, raises concerns of excessive use of force, and violations of the right to life and security of the person."

While the Israeli leadership attributes the escalation in violence to Palestinian incitement, most Palestinians have pointed to the decades-long Israeli military occupation as the root cause of recent events.
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