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Dozens injured in West Bank, Gaza clashes

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Dozens of Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces on Friday during clashes across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, medics said, as Palestinian political factions called for a “Day of Rage.”

At the northern entrance to Hebron, a rally organized by Hamas after Friday prayers was suppressed by Israeli forces, who fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at demonstrators.

Palestinian youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers and rolled burning tires at the forces, witnesses said.

Three Palestinians were shot with live fire and two with rubber-coated bullets, while 15 were injured by tear gas.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a “violent riot broke out near a military post in hebron where rioters threw molotov cocktails and rolled burning tires.”

Israeli forces responded with “riot dispersal means and rubber-coated steel bullets,” she said, adding that the clashes had broken out early in the day and were ongoing.

In Qalqiliya, at least 13 were injured by tear gas, with two injuries also reported in Ramallah, the Red Crescent said.

Witnesses reported that a 13-year-old boy was shot in the foot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.

The Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a “violent riot” was taking place adjectent to Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem and that Israeli forces were using “riot dispersal means in order to disperse the scene.”

In the Gaza Strip, one Palestinian was shot with live fire during a demonstration near Beit Hanoun and another was hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet, the Ministry of Health said.

An Israeli army spokesperson said hundreds of Palestinians gathered near Halhul, with Israeli forces firing 0.22 bullets at main instigators and identifying one hit.

An Israeli border police officer was injured by a rock during clashes near the Beit El settlement, she added, with hundreds of demonstrators rolling burning tires at Israeli forces.

Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at protests in Qalqiliya, the spokesperson said.

Palestinian political factions had called for a “Day of Rage” in the Gaza Strip on Friday, with Hamas urging Palestinians across the occupied West Bank to join rallies following noon prayers.

Near-daily clashes have broken out across occupied Palestinian territory since the beginning of the month, where over twenty have been shot dead by live ammunition. MAANNEWS

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