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Paris, Feb. 9: A pro­tester has had his hand blown off after a gre­nade ex­plo­sion that took place at a Yel­low Vest rally, also known as the Gilet Jaunes move­ment, in Paris. Shock­ing footage of the in­ci­dent shows a mem­ber of the Yel­low Vest protest hold­ing a wounded arm, with his hand bru­tally ripped off by a GLI-F4 gre­nade. Eye­wit­nesses told the AFP that gre­nade was fired by po­lice to dis­perse the crowd as pro­test­ers at­tempted to force their way into the grounds of the French Na­tional Assem­bly.

The vic­tim is a ‘yel­low vest pho­tog­ra­pher’ who was busy tak­ing pic­tures of peo­ple push­ing against the fence of the Na­tional Assem­bly at noon when the in­ci­dent took place, ac­cord­ing to a wit­ness.

In the footage posted on­line, street medics can be seen rush­ing to­ward the vic­tim who is sit­ting on the ground and hold­ing his wounded arm.

The Paris Po­lice Pre­fec­ture has con­firmed to Le Fi­garo that the ‘wounded demon­stra­tor’had been taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal by fire­fight­ers.

The bru­tal gre­nade ex­plo­sion comes amid es­ca­lat­ing clashes be­tween pro­test­ers and po­lice dur­ing the 13th con­sec­u­tive Yel­low Vest rally in Paris.

Yel­low Vest events are also tak­ing place in Mont­pel­lier, Lille, Nantes and Lori­ent.

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