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Protests in West Bank، funerals in Gaza on Nakba Day

Tuesday 15/May/2018 - 09:26 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
IDF reservist and Border Policeman lightly hurt from stone throwing in the West Bank as Palestinians riot in several flashpoints; in the strip، funerals for over 60 dead in Monday's border clashes begin، AS Ynet said.
Some 4،000 Palestinians are clashing with IDF forces on Tuesday afternoon in 18 conflagration zones in the West Bank، including in Hebron، near Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem، outside Ramallah، at the Qalandiya checkpoint and in the Nablus area. Rioters are throwing stones، burning tires and lobbing Molotov cocktails at security forces.
At the same time، some 700 Palestinians are protesting in 14 places around the Gaza border.
IDF and Border Police forces used crowd dispersal measures against the rioters.
In Tuesday's clashes on the Gaza border، a 51-year-old Palestinian was killed east of al-Bureij in the north-central Gaza Strip. Hours later، another protester was killed in the northern part of the strip.
A Border Policeman was lightly hurt from a stone thrown at him near Ramallah. An IDF reservist was also lightly wounded from stone-throwing near the settlement of Itamar.
In Gaza، funerals for over 60 Palestinians killed in Monday's border protests began.
The Palestinians reported on Tuesday morning that an eight-months-old baby girl died of gas inhalation during the clashes.
The IDF's Arabic-language spokesman، Maj. Avichay Adraee، wrote on Twitter that "there's fundamental doubt as to the credibility of the Hamas health ministry's statement about the death of the baby in the Gaza Strip as a result of the inhalation of tear gas. We have several testimonies questioning the veracity of that statement."
Due to the overcrowding in Gaza's hospitals، Egypt has allowed the transfer of some of the wounded from the strip to its territory for treatment. The Palestinians began the bureaucratic process of listing the wounded that need medical treatment outside the Gaza Strip. It is yet unclear how many will be allowed through the Rafah crossing.
On the Israeli side of the Gaza border، several incendiary kites caused fires in open areas.

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