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Israeli forces injure 3 Palestinians during Friday prayers

Aug. 31, 2018 4:07 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 1, 2018 11:28 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces injured three Palestinians during Friday prayers which took place on Palestinian lands which Israel plans to confiscate in the Ras Karkar village, west of the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

According to local sources, Palestinian residents were performing Friday prayers on lands outside of the village, which Israel has been planning on confiscating, in order to build a new illegal Israeli settlement.

Sources confirmed that as a result, violent clashes broke out among Israeli forces and the Palestinian residents for the fourth consecutive day.

Several clashes occurred in the Ras Karkar village after Israeli forces along with bulldozers began to raze dozens of acres of Palestinian agricultural land, causing confrontations with the residents, who were attempting to prevent further illegal Israeli settlement expansion.

Sources said that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades, and tear-gas bombs at the Palestinians to disperse them as they prayed.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that three Palestinians suffered light injuries in the clashes, while dozens of others suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

The lands in question belong to the residents of Ras Karkar, Kafr Nimeh, and Kharbatha villages.

The Israeli NGO B'Tselem reported that "Israeli settler violence and vandalism takes place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by. The police makes no substantial effort to investigate the incidents, nor takes measures to prevent them or stop them in real time."

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