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8 Palestinians shot, injured with live fire during West Bank clashes

12:00 Nov 23 2015 Tulkarm, Ramallah

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TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Eight Palestinians were shot and injured with live fire in the Ramallah and Tulkarem districts of the occupied West Bank during clashes on Monday, medical sources said.

In the northern Tulkarem district, five protesters were shot and injured during clashes on the campus of the Palestine Technical University.

Medical sources told Ma'an that the injured were taken to Thabit Thabit hospital after being shot with live fire in their lower extremities.

Another protester suffered from severe tear gas inhalation was taken to the hospital, while three others who suffered from tear gas inhalation were treated on the scene, medics said.

Witnesses said Israeli forces deployed in a camp close to the campus, before storming the campus, firing live bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.

During the clashes Israeli forces damaged several windows and buildings at the university.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

Students of the Palestine Technical University have organized frequent marches throughout October and into November in protest against Israeli violations and raids on the university's campus. When Israeli forces show up to suppress the marches, clashes break out.
According to campus administrators, Israeli forces have been positioned in a camp they set up inside the university's campus where forces often use the position to fire bullets and tear-gas at protesting students.

In Ramallah, three Palestinians were injured with live bullets during clashes in al-Mughayyir Village east of the city.

The injured were taken to the Military Medical Services center in the nearby Turmusayya village. Their condition is unknown.

Clashes broke out in al-Mughayyir after Israeli forces raided the village, firing tear gas at houses, locals said.

Palestinians then threw rocks at Israeli forces, who opened fire at the protesters.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

Since the start of October, clashes between Palestinian youth armed with rocks and Molotov cocktails and Israeli army forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have occurred daily.

In October alone, the Red Crescent documented that Israeli forces shot and wounded at least 760 Palestinians with live rounds across the occupied Palestinian territory, while another 1,857 were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets.

In addition, 5,399 Palestinians were treated for excessive tear gas inhalation during the period, while another 246 were injured in other ways, including assault by Israeli soldiers and burns from tear gas canisters.

According to the society's records, the total number of Palestinians injured last month was around 8,262.

For most parts of the occupied Palestinian territory, October was also the deadliest month since the Second Intifada.


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