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13 shot by Israeli forces, Hebron school tear gassed

Dec. 23, 2015 4:57 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 23, 2015 5:49 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Thirteen Palestinians were shot by Israeli forces on Wednesday in areas around Ramallah while a Hebron-area girls school was tear gassed, locals and medics said.

Nine Palestinians were shot when Israeli forces raided the village of al-Mughayyir east of Ramallah. Clashes broke out between youths and the forces, who fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas.

The injured were transferred to a hospital in the nearby Turmus Ayya village for medical treatment.

Locals told Ma’an that the forces stormed the home of Ahmad Jaber Abu Alia and also smashed windows of a car belonging to Abdullah Asad abu Alia during the raid.

Meanwhile in Hizma, west of Ramallah, four teenage students were shot and injured with live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The mayor of Hizma, Mowafak al-Khatib, told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers opened fire on students in the village at 9:30 a.m., injuring the four in their lower extremities, and detaining one.

Al-Khatib added that Israeli forces have been stationed at all three village entrances for at least five consecutive weeks, often preventing residents from entering or exiting.

Separately, in the village of Beit Ummar north of Hebron, Israeli forces fired tear gas bombs onto the premises of the Zahrat al-Madaim School, causing schoolgirls to suffer from tear gas inhalation, locals said.

Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers attacked the school after detaining two residents from the village.

Hassan Abu Hashem, 42, and Thaer Abd al-Qader Khader Abu Hashem, 26, were detained after forces assaulted and pepper-sprayed them.

A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance rushed to the school giving first aid to students, Awad said, adding that the school day was suspended following the incident.

Youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers deployed at the northern entrance of Beit Ummar during the incursion, Awad said.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on any of Wednesday’s incidents.

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