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21 Palestinians shot with live, rubber bullets in West Bank, Gaza

Jan. 8, 2016 9:53 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 9, 2016 2:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot at least 21 Palestinians with live and rubber-coated steel bullets in the latest clashes to shake the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, medical sources said.

Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesperson for Gaza's Ministry of Health, told Ma'an that 14 Palestinians were shot with live fire in separate clashes that erupted along the Gazan border.

He said this included two Palestinians in northern Gaza, eight east of Gaza City, two in central Gaza, and another two east of Khan Younis. He said they were all shot in their lower extremities.

A spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent said that another Gazan was shot and wounded with a rubber-coated steel bullet, along with six more Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

The spokesperson said that 31 Palestinians also suffered excessive tear gas inhalation during West Bank clashes.

Murad Ishteiwi, a coordinator of popular resistance in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, told Ma'an that Israeli forces had suppressed the weekly march there on Friday afternoon.

He said that dozens of protesters, including foreign and Israeli activists as well as local Palestinians, suffered excessive tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters at the protest.

Thousands of Palestinians have been shot and wounded by Israeli forces since a wave of popular unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October.

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