37 Palestinians Injured in West Bank Clash with Israeli Army

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RAMALLAH — At least 37 Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian medics and eyewitnesses told media on Saturday.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said in a statement that among the injured were three shot by live ammunition and nine by rubber bullets, while the others inhaled teargas, reports Xinhua news agency.

The fierce clashes broke out on Friday between anti-settlement protesters and Israeli soldiers in the villages of Beita, Beit Dajan, and Kafr Qaddum. The protesters burned tires and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed on the perimeters of the villages, eyewitnesses said, Xinhua reported.

Israeli authorities have not commented on the incidents yet.

Murad Eshteiwi, coordinator of popular resistance in Kafr Qaddum village, told Xinhua that the Israeli soldiers used rubber bullets, teargas, and sound bombs to attack the Palestinian protesters rejecting the measures against their village.

Tension in the West Bank has been mounting over the past few days after the Israeli army intensified its military actions against Palestinian militants and activists.

In the June 1967 Middle East war, Israel occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, which are claimed by the Palestinians, and has controlled the areas ever since.

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