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Dozens lightly injured in West Bank demonstrations

Sept. 20, 2013 10:04 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 22, 2013 9:52 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of activists were lightly injured on Friday in demonstrations across the occupied West Bank.

In Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya seven people were injured after being struck by tear-gas canisters in different parts of their bodies.

A Chinese journalist was struck in the knee, photojournalist Ayman Idrees was struck in the chest, Moaweyah Shtewi, 17, was struck in the hip, while both Raed Nasser and an Israeli activist were struck in the shoulder.

Demonstrators marked the 31st anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, and called for punishing those responsible for it.

Coordinator for the popular struggle committee Murad Shtewi said that Israeli forces targeted the bodies of demonstrators and fired tear-gas canisters into homes.

In Bilin, three Palestinians and a Swedish activist were injured and dozens others suffered tear-gas inhalation in a protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and prisoners.

Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at protesters nearing the wall. Hamza Burnat, 21, Ismail Abu Rahma, 15, Ashraf Khateeb, 31, and Sara Jon, 40, were struck with tear-gas canisters in different parts of their bodies.

In Nabi Saleh, protesters marched toward their confiscated lands but were stopped by Israeli forces who fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Protestors made speeches condemning the Sabra and Shatila massacre and calling for the release of all prisoners. Dozens suffered tear-gas inhalation in al-Maasara south of Bethlehem.

Protesters raised Palestinian flags and pictures of prisoners, and children wore masks to represent people who died in Sabra and Shatila.

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