Over 130 Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes
Ramallah: More than 130 Palestinian protesters have been injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, doctors say.
Witnesses said heavy clashes broke out on Friday near the villages of Beita and Beit Dajan, located south and east of Nablus city respectively, and near the village of Kafr Qaddum, east of the city. of Qaqilya, reports the Xinhua news agency.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said in a statement sent to Xinhua that at least 128 Palestinian protesters were injured, 36 of them by rubber bullets fired by Israeli soldiers.
The others suffered from tear gas inhalation, the statement added.
Meanwhile, Murad Ishteiwi, the Palestinian popular resistance coordinator in Qalqilya, told Xinhua that two other protesters were injured by rubber bullets during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the village of Kafr Qaddum.
Witnesses said dozens of anti-settlement protesters threw rocks at Israeli soldiers stationed on the outskirts of villages and burned tires.
Beita and Beit Dajan have seen weekly protests against Israeli settlement expansion in both villages and clashes with Israeli soldiers.
Earlier Friday, four Palestinians, including three children, were injured after an Israeli settler opened fire on them near an Israeli settlement in the old city of Hebron.
The city witnesses weekly clashes every Friday to protest Israel‘s settlement policy and the closure of large parts of the city center to Palestinians.