Israeli forces injure dozens in West Bank protests, Palestinian doctors say | world news
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli forces injured nearly 90 people during protests in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said.
At least one Palestinian was shot in the leg and taken to hospital while others were injured by stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas inhalation, the statement added.
The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning Israel’s “repression”, saying residents were protesting the expansion of Jewish settlements and the confiscation of Palestinian land.
The worst clashes took place in the town of Huwara in the central West Bank, near the city of Nablus.
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Videos posted on social media this week showed Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers tearing down Palestinian flags in the city. In response, the Palestinians staged a march with people waving flags, leading to clashes with Israeli forces.
“What is happening in Huwara is a provocation by the settlers,” Huwara council member Mohammad Abdelhameed told Reuters. “We hang the Palestinian flag, which is a symbol of our identity and it will remain hoisted as long as we are on this land.”
Israeli law does not ban Palestinian flags, but police and soldiers regularly remove them from public spaces.
The Islamist group Hamas in Gaza has warned of another war if an annual “flag” march organized by Israeli nationalists in Jerusalem’s Old City passes through the Muslim Quarter this Sunday.
(Reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah and Henriette Chacar in Haifa; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Andrew Heavens)
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