Israeli police injure Palestinians commemorating Arafat

Israeli police raid Yasser Arafat commemoration march and wound dozens of Palestinians near Ramallah

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Medics evacuate a wound Palestinian boy who was shot by Israeli troops near the illegal Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 11, 2015

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers on Wednesday as Palestinians gathered in Ramallah to commemorate the memory of Yasser Arafat

"62 citizens were injured by live ammunition and rubber-coated bullets during clashes with the (Israeli) occupation forces in Tulkarem, Ramallah, Al-Bireh and Bethlehem," the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

One Palestinian has been shot in the heart near the illegal Beit El settlement and underwent surgery while nineteen suffered from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers.

Group of people who were teargassed included a family who were forced out their home in Jabal al Taweel as Israeli forces shot tear gas at their house.

The Israeli army defended itself saying that they were responding to attacks by the group.

Palestinian citizens run from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Bethlehem November 11, 2015

Wednesday’s incident came only day after Israeli forces shot a Palestinian man, wounded a 12-year-old minor and arrested a 13-year-old boy on Tuesday, after they allegedly carried out stabbing attacks and lightly wounded Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem. 

On Tuesday, also a video showing verbal abuse of Israeli soldiers to a 13-year-old boy was leaked out. Israeli soldiers were seen in the footage forcing the Palestinian child to confess that he intentionally went after Israeli settlers to stab them.

The Palestinian child, 13-year-old Ahmed Manasrah had a nervous breakdown and was heard saying "Enough, enough, I will say whatever you want, but I don't remember anything," on the leaked video.

A spokesperson for Israeli police claimed that the police conducted the investigation “professionally” and “without bias.” However, throughout the interrogation process, Manasrah didn't have a lawyer present and when asked whether he spoke to his lawyer he said: "He asked me to wait for him 10 or 20 minutes." That respond was met with aggression from his interrogator who replied: "I decide how this goes, I know the law!"

On numerous occasions Manasrah asks his interrogators to take him to a doctor, adding that he was badly injured on the back of his head and remembers nothing, but the three policemen insisted that he accepts the charges against him.

Since October 1, at least 76 Palestinians, of whom were unarmed protesters, bystanders and accused attackers, have been killed by Israeli forces using live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades in occupied West Bank.


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