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Israeli forces clash with Palestinians in West Bank, East Jerusalem, dozens injured

July 26, 2016 3:57 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2016 9:50 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth late Monday night in the village of Abu Dis in occupied East Jerusalem and early Tuesday morning in the al-Amari refugee camp in the Ramallah district of the occupied West Bank, resulting in dozens of injuries.

Israeli forces raided the al-Amari refugee camp around dawn on Tuesday, and fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets on Palestinian youth who threw rocks and empty bottles, according to locals.

Three Palestinian youth were injured by live fire during the clashes, and were taken to the Ramallah Governmental Hospital for treatment where their injuries were reported as moderate.

Dozens of Palestinian youths were also injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and suffered tear gas inhalation during clashes in the East Jerusalem village of Abu Dis late Monday.

The head of the Abu Dis Committee for Defending Lands and Resisting Settlement, Bassam Bahr, said that Israeli soldiers randomly fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas into the crowds.

The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that nine youths were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, 19 suffered tear gas inhalation and two sustained wounds to the head.

Bahr told Ma’an that clashes erupted in the village between youths and Israeli forces following a march held by residents were holding in support of prisoner Bilal Kayid, who has been on hunger strike for 43 days, prisoners brothers Muhammad and Mahmoud al-Balboul, and others who are hunger striking in solidarity.

Kayid, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), is one of the most high-profile hunger strikers since Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq came near death during a 94-day hunger strike before he was finally released in May.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was looking into reports of both the al-Amari and Abu Dis clashes.

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