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164 Palestinians wounded by Israeli forces in West Bank, Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) reported yesterday that Israeli forces wounded 164 Palestinians as they cracked down on protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in solidarity with hunger strikers.

In a statement, the PRC said that one of the Palestinians from Nablus suffered moderate injuries after he was shot with a live bullet in the leg, while two others suffered moderate wounds as they were shot in the upper parts of their bodies in eastern Gaza.

The PRC also reported dozens suffered light wounds after they were shot with rubber bullets, while others suffered breathing problems due to tear gas inhalation.

Earlier this week, protests were arranged in solidarity with the hunger strikers in a Friday "day of anger" in order to pressure Israel. Activist committees called on Palestinians to clash with the Israeli forces if at all possible.

About 1,600 Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike for 34 days. Tens of them were admitted to hospitals, while the strike's leaders were put in solitary confinement.

The prisoners are protesting against the inhumane detention conditions they experience inside Israeli prisons.


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