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Dozens of Palestinians injured during clashes in Abu Dis, al-Eizariya

April 18, 2017 1:35 P.M. (Updated: April 19, 2017 8:24 P.M.)
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops shot and injured more than 11 Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets while 23 others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation during clashes Monday night in the towns of Abu Dis and al-Eizariya in the Jerusalem district of the occupied West Bank.

Official Palestinian news agency Wafa quoted sources from the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service as saying that all of the injured were treated on the scene and did not need to be hospitalized.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an the incident was under the purview of the Israeli border police, a spokesperson for which could not be reached for comment.

The clashes followed marches across the occupied territory, attended by thousands marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, with Israeli forces firing tear gas and sponge rounds at protesters in Bethlehem, assaulting demonstrators in Beituniya, and detaining four young Palestinians near Ramalalh.

Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their use of excessive force against Palestinians with "non-lethal" weapons such as rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas that often result in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.
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