Red Crescent: Israeli forces injure Nearly 500 Palestinians in 3 days

Ma’an News Agency | – –

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — At least 499 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers and settlers across the occupied Palestinian Territory since Saturday, the Palestinian Red Crescent said on Monday.

Spokesperson Errab Foqoha told Ma’an that at least 41 Palestinians had been shot with live rounds, while 143 were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets.

She said that some 297 Palestinians had suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, while another 18 were injured when they were physically assaulted.

Israeli forces have also killed two Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, in fierce clashes that have swept across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since Friday.

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.

It decried Israeli “violations” of humanitarian law, and called on the international community to take the “necessary steps” to make Israel comply with international law.

Tensions had been steadily mounting in recent weeks due to Israeli restrictions on Palestinians seeking to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.

However, it was violent Israeli reprisals that were carried out in the wake of two separate attacks that killed four Israelis last week, that prompted the latest clashes.

There have been warnings in Israeli media of a “third intifada,” with Israeli daily Haaretz writing: “Perhaps it will take just one more death, on either side, for all hell to break loose in a cycle of vicious retribution.”

However, the newspaper also noted that “the extent of current violence doesn’t come close to that which took place in 1987 and 2000, when the previous two intifadas broke out.”

On Sunday, the PLO warned that attacks by both Israeli soldiers and settlers indicated “the Israeli government is deliberately creating a situation of violence and instability that threatens to spiral out of control.”

Via Ma’an News Agency

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2 Responses

  1. While I abhor violence, I noted that you did not quote any Israeli source re: the incidents you reported on. Fair reporting? I think not!

    • The news black-out in corporate-controlled media regarding Israeli actions against the Palestinians is DEAFENING!

      • Look at the New York Times? It’s Syria 24/7. Two irrelevant articles, not comprehensive or definitive.
      • Los Angeles Times, nada, zip.
      • Washington Post, zzzzzz.
      • Reuters, crickets.
      • BBC, a well-written pro-Israeli snob job.
      • UK Guardian, more crickets.
      • API has a few articles of interest but subdued and after SYRIA!! OMG!
      • CSM World, one item about Israel blocking Palestinians from Jerusalem’s Old City.
      • AL JAZEERA, two interesting pieces.
      • Jerusalem Post is surprisingly limited and muted.
      • XINHUA has some comprehensive coverage.
      • And Informed Comment. Not to pander but coverage here is broader than most.

      Of course, coverage will ebb and flow but info played to the U.S. is scant EXCEPT in the foreign press.

      Adopt the use of a RSS “newsreader” like Vienna, Thunderbird, Reeder or Newsflow and start there. Lots of RSS aggregators out there. Many browsers have limited but useful capabilities They take some effort to set-up but if really concerned, they are a very good place to start and compare.

      Enjoy.

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