BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Over 129 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers and settlers on Tuesday across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Red Crescent and Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health said.
The PA ministry said two Palestinians are undergoing operations in the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah after being shot with live fire during clashes, with dozens of moderate injuries reported in Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus and Jenin.
Earlier, the Red Crescent said that at least 90 Palestinians had been injured in clashes across the West Bank.
Spokesperson Errab Foqaha told Ma’an that Israeli forces had shot eight Palestinians with live rounds and at least 23 with rubber-coated steel bullets.She said that another 57 suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, and two were violently assaulted.
Israeli forces have also carried out 13 attacks on Red Crescent ambulance crews since Sunday, Foqaha said.She said that the latest attacks on their emergency relief teams brought the total number to 27 since Friday, and had left 17 staff members injured and 10 ambulances damaged.Fierce clashes were reported across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem for the fifth straight day on Tuesday.In East Jerusalem’s Shufat refugee camp, Israeli forces shot a Palestinian in the back with live fire, while two others were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets in the head and legs.The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said Israeli forces also assaulted Suad Abu Romoz while she was standing in front of her home in Silwan.Clashes were also reported in the early evening in the Bethlehem-area village of Tuqu, where a Palestinian was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet and dozens more suffered severe tear gas inhalation.The man was shot in the leg and taken to hospital for treatment. An Israeli soldier was also hit with a rock and received treatment at the scene.
Earlier, over 51 Palestinians were injured in the Ramallah district alone, while up to 10 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes in Bethlehem following the funeral of a 13-year-old boy shot dead the day before.
Two Palestinians were hit in the head with rubber-coated steel bullets and were rushed to hospital for treatment, medics told Ma’an.The Palestinian Red Cross on Sunday declared a state of emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory, and said it was putting all its staff, teams and volunteers on standby.The 129 reported injuries on Tuesday will bring the total injured since Saturday to over 600. Of those, Israeli forces have shot 49 with live rounds.Tensions had been mounting steadily for weeks across the occupied Palestinian territory due to Israeli restrictions on Palestinians seeking to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.However, it was violent Israeli reprisals in the wake of two separate attacks that killed four Israelis last week that spurred the recent clashes.The PLO has warned that attacks by both Israeli soldiers and settlers indicates the “Israeli government is deliberately creating a situation of violence and instability that threatens to spiral out of control”.