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Israeli forces injure Palestinian, scores suffer tear gas inhalation during clashes in Gaza

Aug. 26, 2017 9:53 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 26, 2017 5:39 P.M.)
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces deployed near the borderlines of the Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon opened live ammunition and shot tear gas canisters at Palestinians protesting near Israel’s border fence in several areas of Gaza, causing scores of Palestinians to suffer tear gas inhalation, while another was injured after being struck by tear gas canisters.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces shot live ammunition and tear gas canisters at Palestinian protesters who had approached the border fence between Gaza and Israel in the northern Gaza Strip, east of the town of Jabaliya. Israeli forces were deployed at nearby military towers and in army tanks near the border.

According to locals, a Palestinian “youth” -- however, they did not specify the exact age -- was injured during the clashes after he was hit with a tear gas canister in the chest and leg. He was transferred to the Indonesian Hospital for treatment in Beit Lahiya, where his injuries were reported as light.

Many other Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation during the clashes, locals said.

Clashes also erupted near Israel’s Nahal Oz military site in eastern Shujaaiya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City and east of al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

Locals told Ma’an that the soldiers opened live ammunition and shot tear gas at the Palestinians, causing scores to suffer from tear gas inhalation.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the clashes.

Clashes typically erupt in the “buffer zone” along the Israeli-Gaza border on Fridays, between Palestinian youth who throw stones and Israeli forces who fire live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.

The United Nations and numerous human rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their use of excessive force against Palestinians during clashes, in incidents that did not warrant a violent response.

At least four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this year during clashes near the border fence in Gaza, including a 16-year-old Palestinian who was killed last month.
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