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Dozens injured as Israeli forces fire on crowds in Hebron
Published Monday 21/07/2014 (updated) 23/07/2014 16:45
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Rally in Ramallah on Sunday night (MaanImages).
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians were injured after Israeli forces opened fire on rallies in Hebron celebrating the capture of an Israeli soldier in Gaza and in solidarity with the besieged territory, which saw 100 killed by Israeli forces on Sunday.

Abdallah al-Qawasemi, the medical director at Hebron Governmental Hospital, said that 20 youths had been brought to the hospital after Israeli forces opened live fire on the crowds.

Large rallies also took place in Halhoul, al-Arrub refugee camp, al-Fawwar refugee camp, Ramallah, and other cities across the West Bank and in East Jerusalem as Palestinians greeted the news.

Occupied East Jerusalem saw clashes with Israeli police forces during the rallies.

The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades announced earlier on Sunday that it had captured an Israeli soldier during fighting in the Gaza Strip, which has claimed the lives of more than 430 Palestinians -- including 200 in the last three days -- since Israel launched an assault 13 days ago.

Many Palestinians hope that the soldier will be released in exchange for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, which number around 6,000.

In 2011, an Israeli soldier was released by Hamas in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

40 percent of Palestinian men in the occupied territories have served time in Israeli jails since 1967, and for many sentenced the only possible hope for release is a prisoner exchange.
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1 ) shirley / australia
21/07/2014 04:01
live ammunition another massacre people in west bank mowed down every day racist nazi pigs of isreal who support their filthy illegal settlers who torture hand maim palestinians every day and destroy their property rise up pals implode the wall do not waste this opportunity tovoice what is happening to you implode the wall do not get shot for just standing get your suffering heard this is action allowed legal against tyrannyit is resistence it is your right end the occupation

2 ) Kathy P / USA
21/07/2014 04:40
A heavily armed soldier.. Firing a high powered assault weapon at an unarmed peaceful march.. Unarmed civilians.. At least 20 people hit.. Maybe more.. Perhaps the soldier thought if his brothers can get away with it in Gaza, why not him? What a sick and perverted society..

3 ) spb / us
21/07/2014 14:34
really who pays attention to this? gaza baby gaza

4 ) Sunrise Gypsy / USA
22/07/2014 06:44
Oh, boo-fucking-hoo, an ISRAELI soldier was captured. I hope his captors douse him with gasoline and burn him alive, as long as Israel wants to be all "eye-for-an-eye". Unlike actual democracies, Israel holds thousands of Palestinians in jail without charging them with a crime.
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