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Israeli forces shoot, injure 10 Palestinians in Friday demos

Feb. 5, 2016 6:28 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2016 10:25 P.M.)
(Mohammed Yasin)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- At least ten Palestinians were injured by live fire when Israeli forces suppressed demonstrations across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday.

Three Palestinian youths were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets in the al-Jalazun refugee camp north of the city of Ramallah, when Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades and live ammunition at protesters.

Dozens in al-Jalazun were treated due to tear gas inhalation.

Three Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets in clashes in the village of Nilin west of Ramallah, where Israeli forces fired tear gas before the planned demonstrations even began.

However, the protest took place after the noon prayers and headed near lands in southern area of the village which have been confiscated by Israel.

Israeli soldiers shot tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the demonstrators, injuring three, including one who was hit in the head with a bullet.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli soldiers in Bilin, west of the city of Ramallah, after Friday prayers, when demonstrators marched from the village’s center to the separation wall.

Protesters, including international and Israeli peace activists, waved Palestinian flags and pictures of hunger-striking prisoner Muhammad al-Qiq, demanding his and all prisoners’ immediate release.

Bilin local popular committee coordinator Abdullah Abu Rahmeh during the demonstration condemned nightly raids by Israeli forces and demolitions in the village, calling them “collective punishment.”

In Kafr Qaddum village in Qalqilya district, locals reported two Palestinian demonstrators shot and injured by live Israeli fire.

Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian when clashes broke out east of the Gaza City neighborhood of al-Shujaiyya by the Nahal Oz crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Medical sources told Ma’an the Palestinian was shot in the lower extremities and was in moderate condition after being taken to the al-Shifa hospital for treatment.

Clashes also reportedly broke out near the Erez crossing in northern Gaza Strip and near al-Bureij refugee camp in the central district of the besieged enclave, where a Palestinian was shot and injured in the foot.

Witnesses added that Israeli forces also opened fire on farmlands in the Hujr al-Deek area in the eastern Gaza Strip, where Israeli military vehicles have an active presence.

Palestinians stage demonstrations against Israeli occupation practices every week, and Israeli forces regularly counter the protesters with tear gas and live ammunition among other means of "crowd dispersal," leading to injury and death of Palestinian participants.

Over 14,000 Palestinians were injured by Israeli military forces during 2015, including injury from excessive tear gas inhalation, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition, according to documentation by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The majority of those injured last year were injured during clashes with Israeli forces.

Footage of the march in Bilin on Feb. 5, 2016. (Mohammed Yasin)

Footage of the march in Bilin on Feb. 5, 2016. (Mohammed Yasin)

Footage of the march in Bilin on Feb. 5, 2016. (Mohammed Yasin)

Footage of the march in Bilin on Feb. 5, 2016. (Mohammed Yasin)

Footage of the march in Bilin on Feb. 5, 2016. (Mohammed Yasin)

Footage of the march in Bilin on Feb. 5, 2016. (Mohammed Yasin)
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