Many Palestinians Injured with Israeli Live Fire in Gaza, West Bank Clashes

Six Palestinians were reportedly injured with live fire in clashes with Israeli forces east of Gaza City’s al-Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip during clashes on Friday, according to Palestinian local agencies.

Palestinian Spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said six people were injured, including one critically, by Israeli live fire east of al-Bureij refugee camp, the site of frequent clashes with Israeli forces in recent months.

Al-Qidra said a 25-year-old was seriously injured, and a 21-year-old was moderately injured, without giving further details about other injuries.

On the other hand, A Palestinian journalist and a number of protesters sustained injuries on Friday as the Israeli forces aggressively disbanded peaceful anti-settlement marches in the West Bank.

The popular committee in Ni’lin village, in western Ramallah province, said the IOF violently attacked a march marking the eighth anniversary of the death of the Palestinian minor Youssef Ahmad Ameira, killed by the occupation troops in his 17’s of age, on August 4, 2008. The march was also staged in solidarity with prisoner Bilal al-Kayed, who has been on a hunger strike for the 53rd consecutive day in protest at being transferred to administrative detention after the end of his 15-year-sentence in Israeli jails.

The Israel forces attacked the protesters with randomly-discharged waves of bullet fire and teargas canisters, resulting in several suffocation cases. Journalist Hassan Dabous sustained wounds after he was directly hit with a teargas grenade from a very close range.

At the same time, dozens of Palestinian marchers choked on teargas unleashed by the Israel forces during a peaceful anti-settlement march staged in Kfar Qaddum village, to the east of Qalqilya. Coordinator for the popular resistance committee Murad Shteiwi said the Israel forces soldiers rolled into the village shortly before the launch of the march and showered the area with teargas canisters and live rounds, resulting in several injuries among the protesters. Earlier, at dawn time, the Israel forces stormed the village in several army jeeps and wreaked havoc on civilian homes in an attempt to quell anti-occupation activism in the area.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have crowded near the borders with Israel nearly every Friday to show solidarity with what Palestinians in Gaza have termed the “Jerusalem Intifada” taking place in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip since the unrest spread in October, the majority shot dead during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border.
More than 1,500 Gazans have been injured by Israeli forces since the start of 2015, the vast majority during clashes that broke out with the Israeli military during protests since October, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.