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6 Palestinians said injured in violent clashes with IDF

Red Crescent says live fire used against West Bank rioters demonstrating in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners

Palestinian protesters throw stones in the West Bank city of Hebron on April 27, 2017, during clashes with Israeli soldiers as a trade strike in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails takes place. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
Palestinian protesters throw stones in the West Bank city of Hebron on April 27, 2017, during clashes with Israeli soldiers as a trade strike in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails takes place. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

Six Palestinians were wounded Friday by live fire during a number of clashes in the West Bank between Israeli security forces and protesters, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent told The Times of Israel.

The clashes occurred amid a “day of rage” called by the Fatah leadership in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike in Israeli jails.

Friday marks the twelfth day of the strike.

Three people were injured by live fire in the village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. They were in stable condition, the spokesperson said.

Additionally, outside Beit Omar, a village near Hebron, three were wounded by gunfire, and are in stable condition, the spokesperson said.

Palestinian protestors throw stones in the West Bank city of Hebron on April 27, 2017, during clashes with Israeli soldiers as a trade strike in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails takes place.(AFP PHOTO / Hazem BADER)
Palestinian protestors throw stones in the West Bank city of Hebron on April 27, 2017, during clashes with Israeli soldiers as a trade strike in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails takes place. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

The Red Crescent spokesperson added that eight people were treated for suffocation from being exposed to tear gas during clashes in Beta, a village near the city of Nablus.

The IDF said that around 2,000 Palestinians took part in protests across the West Bank, some of which turned violent. The IDF responded with riot dispersal means, which in some instances included rubber bullets. The IDF could not immediately confirm whether live fire was used.

Some 1,500 Palestinian security prisoners have been fasting for nearly two weeks over demands ranging from improved medical care to greater access to telephone calls.

The detainees, led by Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life terms for murder during the Second Intifada, launched the hunger strike on April 17.

A series of demonstrations have been held in the West Bank in support of the prisoners, occasionally resulting in clashes with Israeli forces.

Palestinian leaders have denounced Israel’s refusal to negotiate with the hunger strikers, warning of a “new intifada” if any of them die.

In a separate incident on Friday, Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian woman in possession of two knives at the Qalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem. The suspect was taken in for questioning.

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