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Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests

March 21, 2014 10:14 P.M. (Updated: March 23, 2014 10:42 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were injured and dozens suffered from tear-gas inhalation as Israeli forces dispersed protests across the West Bank on Friday.

Two were shot with metal bullets in Nabi Saleh village west of Ramallah as Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration “honoring the struggling Palestinian mothers”.

Medic Ahmad Nasser and another young man were injured.

Dozens of local and international activists participated in the demonstration, chanting slogans against Israel’s wall and songs for unity. They raised banners in support of Druze who refuse military service in Israel. They threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, and tried to reach their confiscated lands near the village.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said 40 people hurled rocks at soldiers who dispersed them with riot-dispersal means.

The same spokeswoman said 15 Palestinians hurled rocks in nearby Nilin and that Israeli forces used riot-dispersal means to break up that demonstration, too.

In Bilin village nearby, a teenager was injured and dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Mohammad Karaja, 16, was shot in the foot with a rubber-coated steel bullet as Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades at protesters.

Protesters raised Palestinian flags and chanted songs for unity and resistance.

An Israeli army spokesman said riot-dispersal means were used to disperse rioters.

Israeli forces also dispersed a protest in al-Masara village near Bethlehem.

Coordinator for the popular resistance committee Hassa Brejia said Israeli forces blocked the path of protesters and prevented them from reaching the wall.

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