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5 Palestinians shot with live fire in West Bank clashes

Nov. 28, 2015 9:35 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2015 10:02 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and wounded at least five Palestinians with live rounds during clashes in the northern occupied West Bank on Saturday, Palestinian sources said.

A popular committee coordinator, Murad Shtewei, told Ma'an that Israeli forces shot three Palestinians when they dispersed a march In the village of Kafr Qaddum in Qalqiliya district.

Shtewei identified the three as Majid Jomaa, 46, shot in his lower back, Mohammad Shtewei, 26, in the thigh, and Ayman Rafiq, 40, in the leg.

Another two Palestinians were shot and wounded with live rounds in clashes with Israeli soldiers at Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus.

In the last week, two 16-years-old Palestinians have been shot dead at Huwwara checkpoint -- one of them by an Israeli settler.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said that both Palestinians wounded during Saturday's clashes were shot in their lower extremities and were in moderate condition. At least eight others suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.

The clashes erupted following a march called for by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine to demand that Israel release a number of bodies of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces over the past two months.

All five Palestinians injured were taken to Rafidia hospital in Nablus for treatment.

Meanwhile, clashes also erupted in the village of Faroun south of Tulkarem when Israeli forces raided the village and closed its entrances.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces prevented people from entering or exiting the village, and stormed a number of homes inside the village.

Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinians during the raid, and detained 17-year-old Ismail Khalil Iteir, taking him to an unknown destination.

Soldiers also reportedly closed a gate in Israeli's separation wall that is used by the village's farmers to reach farmland on the other side, a Palestinian security source told Ma'an. He said that Israeli forces claimed to have found an explosive device nearby.

The occupied Palestinian territory has seen nearly two months of fierce clashes, with hundreds shot and wounded by Israeli fire. On Friday, Israeli forces shot and wounded at least 40 Palestinians with live rounds in clashes across the West Bank and Gaza.
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