04/05/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team
Israeli occupation forces stormed into Al-Khalil (Hebron) and fired live ammunition at protesters, after bombarding the city with tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets.
At around 1pm, soldiers invaded Al-Khalil through checkpoint 56, where the soldiers fired stun grenades at protesters. Immediately following the assault with stun grenades, the soldiers fired tear gas into the street, forcing the protesters and press personnel to move. As the tear gas disappeared, protests continued. Israeli soldiers then proceeded to shoot protesters with rubber-coated bullets while continuing to fire stun grenades at protesters.
At one point, the soldiers switched from rubber-coated bullets to live ammunition. For approximately an hour, soldiers fired live ammunition and stun grenades at Palestinian protesters until eventually retiring behind the checkpoint, which was closed to the public at this time.
The protests arose again and the soldiers fired several rounds of tear gas and rubber-coated bullets. During the invasion, they also threw stun grenades at members of the press.
(edited for the IMEMC by c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g)
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.