Clashes continue in Hebron for third day

HEBRON (Ma’an) – For the third consecutive day, young Palestinians in Hebron in the southern West Bank continued to clash with Israeli troops Thursday protesting the death of cancer prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh in Israeli custody.

A Ma’an reporter said a CNN cameraman was shot and injured by a live bullet. Additionally, 21 Palestinians were hit by rubber-coated bullets, while dozens of others suffered from tear gas which the soldiers fired extravagantly.

The fiercest clashes took place in Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood in the center of Hebron after the funeral procession of Abu Hamdiyeh. Young protesters hurled stones, empty bottles and fire bombs at Israeli troops who showered them with rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters.

Palestinian Red Crescent Association official Nasser Qabaja told Ma’an that ambulances evacuated 21 young men to a public hospital in the city after they were hit with rubber-coated bullets. He also confirmed that a foreign cameraman was hit by a live bullet to the foot and was hospitalized.

Refugee camps of Al-Arrub north of Hebron and al-Fawwar in the south witnessed confrontations between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.

Similarly, young protesters in the cities of Yatta and Halhul clashed with Israeli troops. Medics said a young man was hospitalized after a rubber-coated bullet hit him in Halhul.

In Beit Ummar north of Hebron Israeli soldiers occupied a building and fired tear gas at protesters from the roof. A local committee spokesman, Muhammad Ayyad Awad, highlighted that protesters managed to throw tear gas canisters back at the soldiers who were seen choking.

(Source / 04.04.2013)

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