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13 Palestinians injured as Israeli forces shoot protesters

Palestinians took to the street in support of hunger-striking prisoners being held in Israeli jails

May 22, 2017 at 5:19 pm

At least 13 Palestinians were shot and injured – one seriously – during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank districts of Ramallah and Hebron this afternoon, as clashes also broke when Israeli forces suppressed demonstrations launched in solidarity with more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners who entered their 36th day on hunger strike.

Israeli forces fired both live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian protesters who marched from Ramallah city to Israel’s Qalandiya military checkpoint, according to Palestinian medical sources.

Among those injured was a young man who was hit with a live bullet in the abdomen and was evacuated to the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah. Doctors there reported his condition as “moderate to serious”.

Four others were shot in the legs with live fire, and six were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, medical sources said.

The Palestinian Red Crescent’s ambulance service set up a field clinic near the Qalandiya checkpoint to treat protesters and bystanders, dozens of whom were suffocating from the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers fired at the demonstrators from rooftops overlooking the main street. In response, demonstrators pelted Israeli soldiers with stones.