174 Palestinians injured in clashes in the West Bank
At least 174 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank as protesters showed support for Palestinians held in Israeli jails, authorities said on Saturday.
In a statement, the Palestinian Red Crescent said that among the wounded, 25 were wounded by rubber bullets, adding that an ambulance driver and a photojournalist were also injured in the clashes on Friday, reports the. Xinhua news agency.
The rest of the injured suffered after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers to disperse protesters in the villages of Beita, Huwara and Beit Dajan near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Thousands of Palestinians took part in a protest called “a day of rage” to show solidarity with six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from an Israeli jail earlier this week.
Protesters went to Israeli army checkpoints and roadblocks, clashing with Israeli soldiers.
Witnesses said the protesters threw stones at Israeli soldiers who fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them.
Tension between Israel and the Palestinians has been mounting since the escape of Palestinian prisoners from Gilboa prison in northern Israel on Monday through a tunnel they dug.
Israeli security forces said Friday evening that they captured two of the prisoners near the city of Nazareth in northern Israel.
Israeli police believe the other four escapees managed to reach “Area A”, areas of the West Bank that are under the full civilian and security control of the Palestinian Authority.