A Palestinian man was shot during the weekly demonstration at the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh Friday afternoon, sustaining injuries to his hand and hip. The bullet passed through the activist's hand before hitting him in his waist, a spokesperson for the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) said.
The man was currently undergoing surgery on his hand at a hospital in Ramallah, where PSCC spokeswoman Abir Kopty said the damage to his hand appeared serious.
The IDF Spokesman's Office confirmed that live fire was used at the demonstration, but said initial checks indicated the shots were fired into the air. According to the army spokesperson, Palestinians surrounded several soldiers, who felt "an imminent threat to their lives." The soldiers then fired live ammunition into the air along with riot dispersal means.
Kopty denied that claim, however, citing several witnesses.
Another protester was struck in the head by an IDF crowd dispersal projectile and was also being treated at the Ramallah hospital, Kopty said.
The IDF said the incident was currently being reviewed, adding that during the course of the demonstration "dozens of Palestinians hurled rocks at IDF soldiers, who responded with riot dispersal means."
The IDF Spokesman's Office said it was unaware of any injuries sustained by security forces.
Nabi Saleh residents have staged demonstrations since 2009 against the takeover of a village spring and a nearby Jewish settlement.
Like most protests in the West Bank, the IDF considers the protests at Nabi Saleh illegal.
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