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Israeli forces shoot, injure 82 Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank

Nov. 27, 2015 4:54 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 28, 2015 11:11 A.M.)
Clashes in Bethlehem, October 2015. (MaanImages/Frederik Kaare-Andersen/File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- At least 82 Palestinians were shot by Israeli military forces during ongoing clashes across the occupied Palestinian territory, the Palestinian Red Crescent and officials said Friday.

A Red Crescent spokesperson told Ma’an that 16 Palestinians were injured by live bullets, as well as two by rubber-coated steel bullets in the Gaza Strip.

Five of those injured by live fire were shot when clashes erupted near the Nahal Oz crossing east of Gaza City, one of whom was shot in the chest and left in critical condition, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra.

Several others were injured in the besieged enclave when Palestinians demonstrated in areas north of Khan Younis, demanding the return of Palestinian bodies currently held by Israel, witnesses told Ma’an.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that "multiple violent riots took place near the security fence" between the Gaza Strip and Israel, where Israeli forces used "riot dispersal means" to deter participants attempting to break through the security fence.

The spokesperson said that the forces opened fire on demonstrators after ignoring calls by the forces for the participants to halt.

Palestinians in the Ramallah district meanwhile staged a demonstration near Israel’s Ofer detention center, where medics told Ma’an that Israeli forces opened fire on protesters.

One of those shot by live fire was left in critical condition, medics said, adding that dozens of others suffered from tear gas inhalation.

A total of 24 injuries by live fire were reported from the occupied West Bank, the Red Crescent spokesperson told Ma’an, as well as 40 injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and over a hundred who were treated for tear-gas inhalation.

In Hebron, 14 Palestinians were hit with live bullets, and 10 with rubber-coated steel bullets, the Red Crescent said, adding that Israeli forces targeted an ambulance with tear gas, shattering its windshield.

In Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya, Qaisar Jihad,13, and Hamza Mutei, 22, were shot in the legs and lightly injured after Israeli forces trapped protesters and opened fire, according to a spokesperson for the village's popular resistance committee, Murad Shtewei.

In the village of Bilin in the Ramallah district, locals told Ma'an that photojournalist Hamdi Abu Rahma was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the thigh as Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian demonstrators.

Meanwhile, in the Nablus district, Ibrahim Khatayta and Salih Hanani, both 14 years old, were shot in the lower extremities by live fire in Beit Furik, a local council member, Mounadhel Hanani, told Ma'an.

He added that the teens were interrogated by Israeli forces before ambulances were allowed to treat them.

Thirteen Palestinians were also injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in the village of Qusra, including the head of the village's council Abd al-Athim al-Wadi, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told Ma'an.

Ghassan added that at least 20 others suffered from tear gas inhalation during clashes in the eastern quarter of the village, after Israeli forces fired barrages of tear gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets at young Palestinian men who responded with stones and empty bottles.

Over 10,300 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces since Oct. 1, not including those injured by Israeli settlers.

Around 160 Israelis have been injured by Palestinian individuals during the same time period, according to documentation by the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs.
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