Palestinian Killed, Hundreds Injured in West Bank

Palestinian Killed, Hundreds  Injured in West BankPalestinian Killed, Hundreds  Injured in West Bank

A teenager has been killed and more than 200 Palestinians injured as clashes with Israeli forces and settlers continued in the occupied West Bank.

The violence followed Israel’s decision to bar Palestinians from accessing Beit-ul-Moqaddas’s Old City unless they were residents, a move Hamas called “racist and illegal”, Al Jazeera reported.

Israeli forces used live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets against Palestinian protesters during Sunday’s clashes, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said.

Huthaifa Suleiman, an 18-year-old Palestinian who was shot by Israeli forces during clashes at the Tulkarm checkpoint for throwing fire bombs, later died of his wounds.

The PRCS said almost 400 people have been injured, including 150 suffering from bullet wounds.

More than 200 have been treated for the effects of tear gas, it said.

Clashes took place in areas, including Jenin in the occupied West Bank and the East Beit-ul-Moqaddas neighborhood of Issawiya.

The PRCS has declared a state of emergency in the West Bank and East Beit-ul-Moqaddas in response to what it said were “attacks by occupation forces and settlers”.

Ambulances operated by the organization were attacked by Israeli soldiers on Friday and Sunday, and five of its paramedics have been assaulted by troops, the PRCS said in a statement released on its website on Sunday.

“[The] PRCS underlines that these practices constitute a blatant violation of key IHL [international humanitarian law] provisions, mainly the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 on the protection of civilians in time of war,” the statement read.