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A Palestinian protester dressed in a Santa Claus costume argues with a member of the IOF during a demonstration against the illegal Israeli settlements and demanding for free movement for the Palestinians during the Christmas period near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank biblical city of Bethlehem on December 23, 2014. AFP / Musa al-Shaer

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014

Four Palestinians including an elderly woman were injured after Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire on protesters in two separate villages in the occupied West Bank, Ma’an news agency reported Friday, while 15 Palestinians, including a prominent leader, were arrested.

Two Palestinian women, 72-year-old Yusra Mohammed al-Haj al-Abd and 48-year-old Jumana Ahmed Shayib, were injured by so-called “sponge” bullets in the village of Farun south of Tulkarem in the West Bank.

“Sponge” bullets are made from high-density plastic with a foam-rubber head, and are fired from grenade launchers. Israeli…

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