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Israeli forces shoot, injure 4 Palestinian protesters near Ramallah

July 24, 2017 3:01 P.M. (Updated: July 24, 2017 5:38 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured at least four Palestinian university students with live bullets when a march north of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank sparked clashes on Monday, official Palestinian news agency Wafa said, quoting a Palestinian Ministry of Health statement.

The march was reportedly launched by students from Birzeit University to protest against the killing of fellow student Muhammad Abu Ghannam at the hands of Israeli forces during violent clashes in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday.

Ma’an also witnessed Israeli forces spraying demonstrators with skunk water as large number of Israeli soldiers and jeeps deployed in the area.

Demonstrators headed to an Israeli military checkpoint outside the illegal Beit El settlement, when Israeli soldiers attacked protesters with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas canisters, according to the Health Ministry, which said four protesters sustained live bullet wounds in their lower extremities.

They were evacuated to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where they were reported to be in a stable condition.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured over the past week during similar demonstrations against new Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Abu Ghannam was among three young Palestinians to be killed in major clashes on Friday, while another Palestinian man was shot and killed during clashes with Israeli forces in al-Eizariya on Saturday night.
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