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14 injured as Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests

Nov. 15, 2013 6:39 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 17, 2013 2:00 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces dispersed a weekly nonviolent protest in the Qalqiliya village of Kafr Qaddum on Friday, injuring at least 14 Palestinians.

Four people were hit by rubber-coated bullets and dozens of people suffered smoke inhalation after Israeli forces fired tear gas at villagers, locals said.

Eight people were injured after being hit directly by tear gas canisters.

Akef Joma, 50, Nauef Ishtewi, Qais Ishtewi, Rifat Barham, Naser Joma, Abdulmajid Obeid, Khalid Murad, 8, and Palestine Satellite channel cameraman Mohammad Inaya were identified as those injured.

Israeli forces also fired tear gas and stun grenades at worshipers in the village mosque, who responded by throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers.

Six children aged between 5-8 were detained for several hours during the clashes before being released.

In Nabi Saleh clashes broke out as demonstrators commemorated the 1st anniversary of the death of Rushdi Mahmoud Hassan al-Tamimi, who was killed by Israeli forces last year during a Gaza solidarity demonstration in Nabi Saleh.

Palestinian and international activists took part in the march and laid flowers on al-Tamimi's grave.

Protesters then walked to the spot where he was shot, with Israeli soldiers firing tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, damaging the car of photographer Majdi Ishteyyah.

Israeli soldiers also assaulted photographer Bilal al-Tamimi and prevented him from taking photographs, declaring the area to be a closed military zone.

There were clashes in al-Masara, near Bethlehem, Beit Ummar and central Hebron, with protesters throwing rocks and firebombs and Israeli forces firing tear gas and rubber-coated bullets.

No injuries were reported.

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