Nearly 100 Palestinians shot, injured in West Bank clashes: Health Ministry

Nearly 100 Palestinians have sustained gunshot wounds during new clashes in the West Bank, as tensions in the occupied Palestinian lands continue.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said a total of 26 Palestinians were shot by live rounds, while at least 35 others were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets in the al-Balou district of the city of al-Bireh, located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) north of al-Quds (Jerusalem), on Friday.

Two Palestinians were also injured by live fire and five others with rubber bullets near the illegal Psagot settlement north of al-Quds and adjacent to Ramallah.

Palestinian medical sources at al-Ahli hospital in al-Khalil (Hebron), situated 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of al-Quds, said six people with live fire injuries were admitted to the medical facility, while one injured Palestinian was transferred to another hospital.

Earlier on Friday, a 55-year-old Palestinian man and three youths were shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers during skirmishes in Ras al-Jura Village.

Another 14 Palestinians were hit by rubber bullets on the outskirts of al-Khalil and Qalqilya. A Palestinian medic also sustained a gunshot wound to his ear during clashes near al-Azza refugee camp in Bethlehem.

Also on Friday, Israeli forces shot and critically injured a 22-year-old Palestinian, identified as Lafi Yusif Awad, in the town of Budrus, located 31 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of Ramallah.

Awad was brought to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Palestinian health officials also confirmed on Friday that Hassan al-Bo, 21, had died after he was hit in the heart by live ammunition during a demonstration in the city of al-Khalil.

Tensions in the occupied territories have dramatically escalated since the Israeli regime’s imposition of restrictions in August on the entry of Palestinian worshipers to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.

Palestinians are angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and their attacks on Palestinian properties, saying that the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

Last month, senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called the recent spate of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds another Intifada (uprising) against the Tel Aviv regime.

At least 85 Palestinians have been killed in the recent escalation of violence since the start of October.

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