14 Palestinians Killed, 1,000 Injured Since Oct. 1

14 Palestinians Killed, 1,000 Injured Since Oct. 1

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Fourteen Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and around 1,000 injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since Oct. 1, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

By the end of the day on Friday alone, seven Palestinians were killed and around 200 injured, while seven suffered from bruises after being physically assaulted by Israeli forces in clashes across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Ma'an News Agency reported on Saturday.

According to the ministry, the numbers include those who were admitted to hospitals, while hundreds of others were treated on the scene.

In the Gaza Strip, six Palestinians were killed and 145 others injured by the end of Friday as Israeli military forces opened fire at a demonstration near the border fence east of Gaza City, the ministry said.

In Hebron, Mohammad Al-Jabari,19, was killed after allegedly stabbing an Israeli border police officer and 11 were injured, three with live bullets in the feet, the rest with rubber-coated steel bullets. One of the latter was hit in the head and taken to Yatta hospital.

In ongoing clashes near the Beit El settlement in the Ramallah district, eight people were injured with live bullets and 22 with rubber-coated steel bullets, according to the ministry. Four of those injured are currently in serious condition.

As clashes persisted in Bethlehem, five were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets and one with live bullet in the foot, the ministry said.

Three Palestinians were injured with live bullets in the stomach and feet in clashes in Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya, and six others were beaten up by Israeli forces and settlers in Beit Furik in Nablus, one of them suffering fractures to the head.

In Jenin, nine were injured with live bullets to the feet and two with rubber-coated steel bullets, including one Palestinian who was hit in the neck.

Another Palestinian suffered several bruises and fractures after being beaten up by Israeli forces in Jericho, the ministry added.

According to Ma'an reports, eight of those killed since the beginning of the month have been shot by Israeli forces during demonstrations and clashes, including a 13-year-old boy. The majority of the others were killed during alleged stabbing attacks and are below the age of twenty.

Rights groups have argued that Israeli forces use unnecessary and fatal methods of "crowd control" against Palestinians, especially in the aftermath of the recent approval of the use of .22 caliber bullets in occupied East Jerusalem.

Arguing that the new law expands the ability for Israeli forces to target Palestinians, PLO secretary-general Saeb Erekat said the Israeli regime "continues to incite against Palestinian lives, with a culture of hate that dehumanizes a whole nation."

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