Ramallah: According to the Palestine Red Crescent Society, at least 130 Palestinian protesters were injured in fresh clashes with Israeli troops in several villages in the West Bank.
Three of the wounded were shot with ammunition and nine with rubber bullets, while others fired teargas shells fired by Israeli soldiers, Xinhua news agency reported.
Witnesses said fierce clashes broke out between anti-compromise protesters and Israeli troops in the villages of Beta and Beit Dajan, south and east of the city of Nablus, and in the village of Kafr Qaddum, east of the city of Kaquilla.
He said the protesters burnt tires and pelted stones at Israeli soldiers stationed on the periphery of the villages.
Murad Ashtewi, the coordinator of the popular resistance in the village of Kafr Kaddum, told the news agency that Israeli troops used rubber bullets, teargas and sound bombs to attack Palestinian protesters, defying measures against his village.
Ashtewi said, popular resistance in the village would continue until its full goals were achieved as part of a national aspiration to end the occupation of the Palestinian territories and with East Jerusalem as its capital. An independent state is established in
Israeli officials have yet to comment on the incidents.
Weekly protests are seen by Palestinians against the expansion of Israeli settlements in Beita, Beit Dajan and Kafr Qaddum.
Israel occupied the West Bank and Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war.
Ghassan Douglas, in charge of Israel’s settlement affairs in the northern West Bank, said the Israeli military controls the land in the villages of Nablus and provides protection for settlers trying to expel Palestinian owners.
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