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111 Palestinians shot, injured during West Bank, Gaza demonstrations

Nov. 13, 2015 2:53 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 14, 2015 12:07 P.M.)
Protesters pictured during clashes in Bethlehem, October 2015. (MaanImages/Frederik Kaare-Andersen/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- At least 94 Palestinians were shot and injured on Friday during clashes across the occupied West Bank, medics told Ma'an.

In al-Balou area of northern al-Bireh in the Ramallah district, 26 Palestinians were injured with live bullets and 35 with rubber-coated steel bullets, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces stormed the area during clashes, opening fire in order to prevent demonstrators from accessing the Beit El checkpoint and assaulting journalists.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that “hundreds of Palestinians violently rioted” in al-Bireh, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces.

The forces “used rubber-coated steel bullets and 0.22 caliber bullets against the main instigators” after demonstrators refused to halt, the spokesperson added.

East of al-Bireh near the illegal Psagot settlement, two Palestinians were injured by live bullets and five with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Also in the Ramallah area, four activists, including three internationals, were detained from a weekly march in Bilin, according to a local popular resistance committee

In the Hebron area, Israeli forces injured seven Palestinians with live fire when clashes erupted in Ras al-Jura and nearby the Halhul bridge, a spokesman for the Palestinian Red Crescent, Said al-Khatib, told Ma’an.

Medical sources at Hebron’s al-Ahli hospital said that six with live fire injuries were admitted to the hospital, and one Palestinian shot in the abdomen and lower extremities was transferred to another hospital.

Earlier, a 55-year-old Palestinian man and three youths were shot and injured by Israeli forces during clashes in the Ras al-Jura following a march called for by Hamas.

A further 14 Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets around Hebron and Qalqilya, and a medic was shot in the ear during clashes near al-Azza refugee camp in Bethlehem

Clashes also broke out in the Gaza Strip, where 17 Palestinians were injured by live fire during marches nearby Khan Yunis and al-Buriej, east of al-Shujayyia, as well as along the northern border of the besieged strip, Gaza's ministry of health said.

Spokesman for the ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma'an that of the injured was in serious condition after being shot east of al-Shujayyia neighborhood. 

Rights groups have long criticized Israel's excessive use of force when responding to demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territory.

In the West Bank, UN Office for Humanitarian affairs reported that the total number of Palestinian injuries from Oct. 1 to Nov. 9 alone had far surpassed the total number injured during the whole of 2014.

Over 7,000 Palestinians have been injured since the start of October, and 83 have been killed.
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