West Bank: Hundreds of Palestinians injured in confrontations with Israeli Forces
Israel– Medics and eyewitnesses reported dozens of Palestinian demonstrators were hurt on Friday amid skirmishes with Israeli forces in two cities in the northern West Bank. At least 15 protestors were injured by rubber-coated metal gunfire, while many were suffocated after inhaling teargas fired by Israeli forces in Nablus and Qalqilya, according to Palestinian doctors.
According to Palestinian eyewitnesses, hundreds of protestors clashed with Israeli forces after Palestinians planned two weekly marches against recent Israeli settlement growth and land seizure in the West Bank. They said that conflicts erupted in the village of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, and that Palestinians hurled stones at troops, who dispersed them with rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. Meanwhile, six more Palestinians were injured during a demonstration in the hamlet of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya, by rubber-coated metal rounds fired by Israeli forces.
The Israeli army has made no immediate response in the vicinity of the two West Bank cities. In a statement issued on Friday, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry stated that the Palestinian people have the right to self-defense and to exercise their legal right to self-determination by establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 boundary. Since the 1967 Middle East conflict, Israel has occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which are claimed by the Palestinians.