57 Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israeli army


One Palestinian is in severe condition after being shot in the head, and 56 other demonstrators are left wounded after clashes with the Israeli army Friday.

The face-off happened east of the Jabalya refugee camp near Gaza City, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Around 850 Palestinians were demonstrating throughout the West Bank, and about 400 of them had shown up at the border between Israel and Gaza. This took place in the wake of a raid that killed Ahmed Nasser Jarrer, who led the January attack near Havat Gilad. Jerrer was killed Tuesday during an attempted arrest by Israeli security forces in Yamun, a West Bank village near Jenin.

The clashes took place at the entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp south Hebron, and also near to the settlement of Itamar west of Beit Furik near Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails, according to the army, which added that Israeli forces attempted in various ways to disperse the crowd.

Then the army said it fired live ammunition at the demonstrators several times.

Among the wounded are three who were moderately injured by the live ammunition near Jabalya, and 26 wounded in the northern Gaza Strip and east of Gaza. Nine were wounded by live fire and rubber bullets in the West Bank city of Nablus, while 14 suffered light to moderate wounds in the Ramallah area. Jericho saw five injuries and one Palestinian was hurt near Bethlehem while another as well in Beit Jala.

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy was also arrested while carrying a knife near the West Bank Settlement of Hashmonaim, and another Palestinian was arrested by Israeli Border Police for attempting to enter the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron with a knife.





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