Israeli soldiers continued, Tuesday, the use of excessive force against protesters in the occupied West Bank, wounding at least seventeen Palestinians with live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets, while scores of residents suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.The Palestinian Health Ministry said one Palestinian was shot with a live Israeli army round near Ofer, east of Ramallah, and two suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

It added that many residents, including a 61-year-old woman who has asthma, suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation; the woman was moved to a hospital where the doctors managed to stabilize her condition, after she reached a critical condition.

In the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, five Palestinians were shot with live rounds, five others with rubber-coated steel bullets, and many suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

One of the wounded, member of the Political Bureau of the leftist Palestinian People Party (PPS) Khalid Mansour, was shot with two rubber-coated steel bullets.

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Two Palestinians were also shot with rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading Surif, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the number of wounded Palestinians, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, since October 1 has arrived to 2368.

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The Ministry stated 1131 Palestinians were shot with live Israeli army rounds, 982 with rubber-coated steel bullets; more than 5000 suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, and at least 235 Palestinians were wounded after being assaulted and beaten up by soldiers and paramilitary settlers. Twenty Palestinians suffered burns due to Israel’s gas bombs and concussion grenades.

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The number of wounded children in the West Bank since October 1 has arrived to 325, including 165 with live rounds, 108 with rubber-coated steel bullets, 19 with gas bombs that directly struck them, and 33 who were assaulted by the soldiers.

170 children were injured in the Gaza Strip, most of them with live rounds, the Ministry said.

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