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PHOTO: Israeli forces fire live ammo in Bethlehem clashes

In clashes that erupted after Israeli forces killed six Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in the last 24 hours, soldiers in Bethlehem fired tear gas, rubber- and plastic-coated steel bullets and eventually at least two rounds of live ammunition, according to eyewitnesses. Witnesses also reported that at least four youth were taken to the hospital after sustaining injuries from rubber- and plastic-coated steel bullets. No injuries from live bullets were reported, though the sniper could be clearly seen from the tower in the separation wall, and witnesses reported hearing at least two bullets,  presumably fired from a silenced Ruger 10/22, striking near them. The same type of rifle has been used for crowd control on previous occasions in Bethlehem over the past year, resulting in serious injuries and death.

An Israeli sniper aims a silenced Ruger 10/22 rifle from a tower in the separation wall in the West Bank town of Bethlehem during clashes with Palestinian youth, March 11, 2014. The clashes erupted after Israeli forces killed six Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in the previous 24 hours. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

An Israeli sniper aims a silenced Ruger 10/22 rifle from a tower in the separation wall in the West Bank town of Bethlehem during clashes with Palestinian youth, March 11, 2014. The clashes erupted after Israeli forces killed six Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in the previous 24 hours. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

According to Ma’an News:

The clashes came after an Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, and just hours after Palestinian security sources said a man died when Israeli soldiers fired at him in his car in the West Bank city of Tulkarem. The Israeli army also killed two Palestinians in the West Bank on Monday. Israeli soldiers shot and killed 18-year-old Saji Darwish near Ramallah late Monday, after he allegedly threw stones at Israeli vehicles. Earlier, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian-Jordanian judge at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan.

A Palestinian youth throws stones at Israeli soldiers standing in an open gate in the separation wall in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, March 11, 2014. Clashes erupted after Israeli forces killed six Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in the previous 24 hours. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian youth throws stones at Israeli soldiers standing in an open gate in the separation wall in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, March 11, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 

A Palestinian flees tear gas launched by Israeli soldiers during clashes at the separation wall in Bethlehem, March 11, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian flees tear gas launched by Israeli soldiers during clashes at the separation wall in Bethlehem, March 11, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 

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An Israeli soldier prepares to fire rubber-coated steel bullets at stone-throwing Palestinian youth during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, March 11, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 

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Israeli forces fire tear gas from a jeep-mounted launcher onto a main street in the West Bank town of Bethlehem during clashes with Palestinian youth, March 11, 2014. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

 

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    1. Mike

      A Ruger 10/22? Really???

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