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30 Palestinians wounded, hundreds suffocate in West Bank confrontations

RAMALLAH, Thursday, May 13, 2021 (WAFA) – Some 30 Palestinians were wounded and dozens others suffocated during confrontations with Israeli forces across the West Bank on Wednesday evening and Thursday overnight, according to medical and security sources.

They confirmed that at least 22 Palestinians were wounded by live ammunition and dozens others suffocated from tear gas in confrontations with Israeli forces across the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

In Yatta, the sources elaborated that Israeli soldiers moderately injured a young man with a live round in the thigh and two others with rubber-coated steel bullets during violent confrontations in Zif village.

In Hebron city, soldiers shot two young men, including one with a live round in the foot, during confrontations near Abu al-Rish checkpoint and Bab al-Zawiyeh.

Similar confrontations were reported in Beit Ummar town, where Israeli troops seriously injured a child with live round in the chest and three young men with rubber-coated steel bullets.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) sources, 20 live fire injuries were admitted to the Hebron Government Hospital and al-Ahli Hospital, including a critical injury in the eye and two serious injuries in the chest. PRC sources added that a severe suffocation case and two rubber-coated steel bullet injuries were also admitted to the hospitals.

In Bethlehem district, a number of suffocation cases were reported in confrontations with Israeli troops at the northern entrance of the city on Wednesday evening.

Similar confrontations broke out with Israeli troops at the entrance of Harmala village, east of Bethlehem. No injuries were reported though.

The sources confirmed an Israeli military raid in al-Khader town, south of the city, resulting in the detention of two Palestinians.

In Nablus district, dozens suffocated from tear gas during confrontations at the entrance of Deir Sharaf village, west of the city, on Wednesday evening.

Israeli troops also shot three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused scores to suffocate from tear gas in Huwara town and at the entrance of Beita town, south of the city.

The Health Ministry said that three Palestinians were injured from rubber-coated steel bullets, including a moderate injury in the eye, anther injured from severe beating and four others from live ammunition in Nablus district.

In Tulkarm district, the Health Ministry confirmed that three Palestinians were admitted to the Tulkarm Government Hospital after being shot with live bullets by Israeli soldiers in their lower extremities.

According to the Health Ministry’s official statistics (last updated at 2:00 AM on Thursday), a total of 442 Palestinians were injured, including 51 injuries in Jerusalem and 168 in the besieged Gaza Strip. Besides, 38 Palestinians were killed on Wednesday; 35 in the Gaza Strip and three others in the West Bank.


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