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11 Palestinians shot, 1 detained in Friday clashes

Feb. 19, 2016 6:20 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 20, 2016 10:31 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- At least eleven Palestinians were shot and one was detained during clashes with Israeli forces across the occupied Palestinian territories Friday.

In the Gaza Strip, spokesman for the Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that three Palestinians were injured by live fire and another by a rubber-coated steel bullet in the northern area of the enclave.

Three others were shot and injured by live fire near the al-Shujayya area of Gaza City. All of those injured were reportedly in stable condition.

In the occupied West Bank, two Palestinian teenagers were injured by live fire and a third detained in clashes with Israeli forces in the al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah.

Clashes broke out near the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El before moving towards the camp's entrance. Israeli forces fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesters, local sources said.

Israeli soldiers also heavily tear gassed the inhabited area near the clashes, as Palestinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at them.

Two Palestinians were injured with live fire -- one in the hand and another in the foot -- when clashes broke out at the northern entrance of Bethlehem. Israeli forces also fired large amounts of tear gas across the area.

Elsewhere, several activists suffered from tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces dispersed the weekly protest in the village of Bilin west of Ramallah, where demonstrators were gathered in support of hunger-striking prisoner Muhammad al-Qiq.

An Israeli army spokesperson said she was looking into the reports.

Many villages in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem participate in weekly Friday protests, notably the villages of Billin, Nabi Saleh, Nillin, Kafr Qaddum, and al-Masara.

Israeli forces have received criticism for excessive use force as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of protesters.
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