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Israeli forces open fire on protests across West Bank, injuring dozens
Published Friday 07/02/2014 (updated) 09/02/2014 10:01
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday as protesters clashed with Israeli military forces in villages across the West Bank.

Demonstrations against the Israeli occupation took place in Kafr Qaddum, Beit Ummar, al-Jalazun, and Silwad on Friday afternoon.

Israeli forces responded with force injuring more than 30 protesters with live and rubber-coated steel bullets as well as dozens more with excessive firing of tear gas.

Five Israeli soldiers were also reported injured in the clashes after being struck by rocks.

Kafr Qaddum

In the Qalqiliya area village of Kafr Qaddum, four people, including a child, were injured during a weekly protest against the annexation of local land by Israel.

Saqer Obeid, 58, was injured after being struck in the head by a tear gas canister and Mahmoud Riyadh Eshtewi, 5, was struck with a tear gas canister in the leg.

Kamil Barham, 23, and Nasser Hasan, 43, were shot with steel bullets in the hand and foot, while dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation.

Murad Eshtewi, a local coordinator for a popular resistance committee, said the protest started after Friday prayers, with hundreds of villagers and activists marching through the village.

Israeli soldiers and border police units raided the area and fired tear gas, stun grenades and steel bullets at the protesters.

An Israeli army spokesman said "40 Palestinians hurled rocks at Israeli security forces, who responded with riot dispersal means."

Protests are held every Friday in Kafr Qaddum against Israel's closure of a main road linking the village to its nearest city, Nablus. The road has been closed since 2000.

Beit Ummar

In Beit Ummar, two Palestinians were injured and one detained during clashes with Israeli military forces.

Israeli forces fired tear gas at Palestinians congratulating a local man who had been released from an Israeli jail after eight years.

An Israeli soldier was hit by a rock, a local popular resistance committee member said.

Al-Jalazun

Meanwhile, 12 Palestinians were injured with live gunfire and two were struck in the head by tear gas canisters in the Ramallah refugee camp of al-Jalazun.

Dozens of other people were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and four Israeli soldiers were injured when youths threw a tear canisters at them.

An Israeli spokesman said "300 Palestinians were throwing rocks, firebombs and burning tires. Israeli forces responded with riot dispersal means."

Live fire was used against main instigators, he added.

Silwad

More than 10 Palestinian youths were injured by rubber bullets and nearly 50 suffered from excesive tear gas inhalation during clashes with Israeli forces near the village of Silwad north of Ramallah.

Four Israeli soldiers were also injured during the clashes, according to military sources, and had to be evacuated by ambulance after being struck by rocks.

Protests erupted after noon prayers on the outskirts of town, but turned into clashes that continued into the center of town as large numbers of soldiers raided and chased youths through the village roads.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Johnny benson / USA
07/02/2014 22:15
And before 1967...Jordan controlled the land..not the Palestinians...if one argues that they are one and the same...fine..then they can all move to Jordan...that tin horn king is a joke anyway

2 ) Mo / Canada
07/02/2014 22:18
The headline: Israeli forces open fire on protests The account hidden in the news piece: ""300 Palestinians were throwing rocks, firebombs and burning tires. Israeli forces responded with riot dispersal means." Great reporting!

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
08/02/2014 00:50
* NEGOTIATIONS HAVE A CHANCE to achieve something, BUT * "PROTESTS across West Bank" will always ACHIEVE NOTHING, except for forcing "Israeli forces open fire with rubber-coated-bullets.

4 ) Fathi El-Abed / Denmark
08/02/2014 01:59
@Johnny Benson/USA and Mo/Canada...Just to understand your point(s): you?re victimizing the butcher and accusing the victim! A real – but old - Zionist strategy! Get real please.

5 ) Tibi / Tubas
08/02/2014 02:58
* THE PLO Leadership needs to remember that Choosing to be "the thorn in Israel's side": -1- Does Not hurt Israel very much, since Israel has advanced riot and clashes control measures, but -2- Hurts Palestine Terribly, and * PREVENTS PALESTINE from becoming a real sovereign state !!

6 ) Carson / Canada
08/02/2014 09:21
@ Mo: Welcome to Palliwood!

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/02/2014 10:42
To Mo #3: 'The headline: Israeli forces open fire on protests The account hidden in the news piece: ""300 Palestinians were throwing rocks, firebombs and burning tires. Israeli forces responded with riot dispersal means." Great reporting!' Well, perhaps not great. Certainly competent and reasonably detailed.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/02/2014 10:43
To Fathi El_abed #4: '...Just to understand your point(s): you?re victimizing the butcher and accusing the victim! ' They're Zionists. What else are they going to do?

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/02/2014 10:46
To Carson #6: '@ Mo: Welcome to Palliwood!' You do realize there's absolutely nothing to object to in the article? Yes, Israeli troops opened fire on the protestors. The article then proceeds to describe what the protestors were doing and repeats the Israeli claims. What exactly do you want?

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/02/2014 10:49
Anyway, bleating aside, these protests are increasing in size. Essentially, in order to rule any government has to be seen as legitimate. Israel, by its very nature, can never be seen as legitimate. So there's a problem. It'll only go away when Israel goes away.

11 ) Sander / The Netherlands
08/02/2014 17:29
Using live gunfire against citizens who legally has the right to resist against ruthless occupation, lasting decades, is criminal and a violation of human rights.

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/02/2014 21:12
To Sander #11: 'Using live gunfire against citizens who legally has the right to resist against ruthless occupation...' It's more a symptom of the problem than the problem itself. Any legitimate government is viewed as such by at least most of its subjects; there is at most a small minority that reject its fundamental right to rule. Israel lacks such legitimacy, and so there can only be rule by terror. Since Israel can never make her authority legitimate, this will always be the condition.

13 ) @ Colin-10 & Sarah-11 / USA
08/02/2014 21:19
The Arab world may have different rights, than other parts of the world. However, - In the Netherlands, there is NO "legal right to resist", by either destroying property, throwing stones, or firing rockets, regardless of "ruthless occupation" considerations. - The same is true here in the USA, where such protests would NOT "be seen as legitimate". And, - In Israel, THERE ARE NO SUCH "RIGHTS" either !!!

14 ) Brandy / Usa2
09/02/2014 00:35
"An Israeli spokesman said 300 Palestinians were throwing rocks, firebombs and burning tires. Israeli forces responded with riot dispersal means. Live fire was used against main instigators, he added." - Are we to believe that in the middle of a riot a member of the IDF stood there counting the number of people involved? No of course not, usual IDF lies. Any excuse to pick off Palestinians by bored IDF soldiers, wanting to go home for the weekend. I hope Mr Kerry reads this article.

15 ) Kev / Australia
09/02/2014 09:45
Israel: The most vile, vicious, hateful and COWARDLY state in the world.

16 ) Outlier / USA
11/02/2014 20:03
Residents of lands taken in armed conflict do not automatically become citizens of the winning side and do not gain the rights of citizens of the winning side. Lots of confusion on this point in the comments.

17 ) Anna / Canada
11/02/2014 21:30
The protests shed a light on Israel's occupation regime that forces Palestinians into Bantustans. A Pass system, checkpoints, house demolitions, raids and hundreds of arrests every week show the world that apartheid is alive in Israel's occupation of Palestinian land. The Canadian Prime Minister should spend a week in a Palestinian village and get hazed by Jewish settlers. Would cool his love affair with Israel.

18 ) @ Kev-15 / USA
12/02/2014 01:13
You are an idiot or liar, regarding "the most vile, vicious, hateful", where - each of Israel's neighbors has engaged in real ethnic cleansings, from Lebanon's civil war, to Syria's ongoing war, and from Jordan's Black September, to Egypt's Arab Spring. Such massive bloodshed Never happened in Israel. And, and regarding "COWARDLY", - I bet each of the military commanders of those states would disagree with you, three (48, 67, & 73) ass-kicking from a state they out-numbers 10:1 !!!
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