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12 Palestinians shot, injured as new clashes erupt across West Bank

Nov. 29, 2015 5:20 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2015 11:31 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and wounded at least 12 Palestinians with live rounds in the latest clashes to break out across the occupied West Bank on Sunday.

In the al-Balou area of Bireh, north of Ramallah, locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces shot and wounded five young Palestinian men and one elderly man with live fire.

A 27-year-old Palestinian security officer was also hit in the eye with a rubber-coated steel bullet while he was driving on a road nearby. Locals said he was not involved in the clashes, and was driving home from work.

The man, Abdullah Rustum Issa, was taken to Ramallah hospital in moderate to serious condition to undergo an emergency operation.

Israeli forces reportedly showered the Palestinian protesters with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters during the clashes, causing at least 14 Palestinians to suffer excessive tear gas inhalation.

After the initial clashes at an Israeli checkpoint outside the illegal Beit El settlement, Israeli forces stormed al-Balou, firing live and rubber-coated steel rounds at demonstrators, locals said.

The area has seen frequent clashes since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of last month.

Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinians sustained injuries during clashes between students and Israeli forces at al-Khadouri University in Tulkarem, also known as Palestine Technical University.

Medics told Ma'an that up to eight Palestinians were shot and wounded with live fire during clashes on the campus. One man was shot in his abdomen and in serious condition, medics said, while the others were hit in their lower extremities.

The wounded were taken to Thabet Ibin Thabet hospital, including five who were taken there by the Palestinian Red Crescent.

The Red Crescent told Ma'an that another 50 Palestinians suffered excessive tear gas inhalation during the clashes, and a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by Israeli forces smashed through the window of one their ambulances.

Clashes have broken out regularly at al-Khadouri University since the beginning of October, with students holding regular demonstrations, and Israeli forces storming the campus on multiple occasions.

Toward the end of September, Israeli forces detained six Palestinians from the university during clashes there.
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