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Dozens of Palestinians injured in West Bank protests

Sept. 18, 2015 3:45 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2015 10:19 A.M.)
A Palestinian youth throws back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli security forces during clashes outside the Ofer military prison, near the West Bank village of Betunia, on September 17, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces suppressed protests across the West Bank in support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound amid ongoing entry restrictions.

An Israeli armyspokespersondid not immediately respond for comment on the number of injuries, but said clashes in the West Bank were ongoing.

Israeli forces on Friday afternoon shot and injured a Palestinian with live bullets in clashes in Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah, local sources said.

Israeli forces raided the village and the house of Muammar Ayyad and assaulted his family members, anumber of whom were taken to Ramallah hospital to treat their bruises and fractures.

Israeli forces also assaulted and arrested two men, identified as Maher Thaljiya and Riyad Allan, and took them to an unknown destination.

Fifteen Palestinians were injured, including six with live bullets, in clashes near Ofer detention center, west of Ramallah.

Medical sources said six were shot with live bullets, and nine others were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets as Israeli forces dispersed a protest in support of Al-Aqsa Mosque near the detention center.

Locals said around 90 people participated in the protest.

Three Palestinians were injured at the Qalandiya military checkpoint after being shot by rubber-coated steel bullets as protesters marched from Qalandiya refugee camp following Friday prayers.

Dozens more suffered tear gas inhalation.

Youths threw rocks, empty bottles, and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces at the checkpoint, who responded with stun grenades, tear gas, and.22-caliber bullets.

In Bilin, Palestinian and international activists suffered tear gas inhalation as Israeli military forces suppressed a weekly march in the village.

Demonstrators raised flags and chanted slogans in support of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Christian holy sites, with local popular committee member Abdullah Abu Rahmeh condemning Israeli raids in East Jerusalem's Old City.

In Kafr Qaddum village in Qalqiliya one minor, identified asMohammad Abdullah, 13, as well asNasser Barham, 46, andBashar Shtewei, 45,sustained gun shot wounds during a weekly Friday march,Popular Resistance Committee coordinator Murad Shtewei said.

At least 15 others were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in the village, Shtewei said.

Israeli forces usedtear gas and skunk water to disperse protesters during Kafr Qaddum's weekly demonstration.

Shtewei added thatIsraeli forces raided his home and pepper sprayed his wife, 30, two children, 8 and 6, and his brother, 50, and did not allow medics to enter the house. They later smashed the windows of the house and used it as a military ground.

Youths hurled projectiles at police near Ofer prison and Jalazun refugee camp.

Clashes were also reported in Hebron, Nablus, Tulkarem, Qalqiliya and near the 300 checkpoint in Bethlehem, where witnesses said Palestinian Authority security forces assaulted demonstrators and detained at least 13 youths.

In Ramallah, a march set off from the el-Bireh mosque towards al-Manara Square.

Israeli security forces walk past burning tires during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the H2 area of Hebron. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

At least two Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces overnight Thursday in Bethlehem and the Nablus area, as tensions run high in the occupied West Bank.

Anas Muhammad Saleh, 17, was shot in the thigh during clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers near the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, whileAhmad Izzat Khatatbeh, 26, from Beit Furik village was critically injured near Nablus after an alleged firebomb attack on an Israeli military vehicle.

Hundreds of additional Israeli police officers were deployed in the alleyways of East Jerusalem's Old City on Friday as Israeli authorities prepared for further unrest.

There were reports of clashes following Friday prayers, with Israeli forces firing tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and sound bombs to disperse worshipers near Damascus Gate, Silwan, and Ras al-Amud.

Palestinian protesters have clashed with Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem for three days after increased visits by Jewish rightist groups under armed guard, in spite of international calls for calm.

Hamas had called for a "day of rage" to coincide with weekly Friday prayers, and Israeli authorities reportedly fear further trouble with the approach of more religious holidays.

The Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha will coincide on Wednesday with the solemn Jewish fast of Yom Kippur.
Following Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has maintained an agreement with the Islamic trust that controls the Al-Aqsa compound not to allow non-Muslim prayer in the area.

Jewish prayer is allowed at the neighboring Western Wall, which is the last remnant of the Second Temple.

A small but vocal Israeli minority, among them cabinet ministers, are demanding that Jewish prayer be allowed, with fringe groups calling for the destruction of the mosque and building of a third temple.

Comments
Harry Monk / UK
Who cares? It's Friday and these unemployed thugs have collected their welfare checks from the local UNWRA office, and then they throw rocks and create arson attacks, it's their quaint Friday Arab custom.
18/09/2015 16:45
some one / some where
another intifada and for your people another 100 years step back and millions of loose and many wont be able to work any more do it you deserve it
18/09/2015 16:56
garkuwa umar / nigeria / nigeria
may almighty allah forgive does who lost their life. i am praying for our muslims sister's and brother's all over the world today and forever. almighty allah bring to an end of this killings daylight. enough is enough of their mishigus Arab intransigency.
18/09/2015 17:05
Tobias / USA
If the only way to stop such violent and potentially deadly activities
is a small caliber bullet in the leg of every riot-clash leader, then
Israel Should Start Shooting, To Restore And Maintain Peace.
18/09/2015 18:34
JoeUSA / USA
UNRWA welfare checks or not , whenever and wherever there is oppression and injustice , there will be resistance...The onus is on the occupier to change the realities for peace to be given a chance.
18/09/2015 18:51
Forest McNair US / US
@ JoeUSA The Palestinian population flatly refuses to acknowledge legitimacy of the Jewish State. Significant numbers refuse Jews even the right to life anywhere. No Palestinian leader could deliver to us a genuine peace agreement that is acceptable to the Arabs.
18/09/2015 20:57
Tibi / Tubas
PALESTINIANS have the ability to clash everyday, and they
MUST EITHER ACCEPT THE CONSEQUENCES,
with dozens injured everyday now, and more later if they continue,
OR END THEIR "RESISTANCE", and restart a peace process.
18/09/2015 21:05
Outlier / USA
Poor choices and inept leadership has led to these demonstrations. But the demonstrations themselves are ineffectual. Time for Palestinians rise up and insist their leaders negotiate statehood and peace.
19/09/2015 02:22
@ Outlier / USA
The "Palestinian leadership will rise up and" shoot their own people,
before they will agree to "negotiate statehood and peace" with Israel.
19/09/2015 20:46
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