Colleagues say Muath Amarneh was hit by Israeli forces during a demonstration on Friday near Hebron [Mussa Qawasma/Reuters]

Israeli forces in Bethlehem have fired tear gas at Palestinian journalists protesting against the wounding of a colleague by apparent Israeli fire, an incident that sparked outcry among media workers in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian freelance photojournalist Muath Amarneh has been in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem since being hit in the eye on Friday while covering a protest in Surif, close to Hebron.

Amarneh said he was some way from the protesters when he was struck by what he believes was Israeli fire.

“After the clashes started, I was standing to the side wearing a flak jacket with press markings and a helmet,” the

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