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Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests, dozens injured

May 2, 2014 7:04 P.M. (Updated: May 4, 2014 10:50 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of people were injured on Friday after Israeli forces dispersed protests across the occupied West Bank.

In Nabi Saleh, five people were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets while several others suffered tear gas inhalation as Israeli soldiers dispersed the village's weekly protest against Israel's land annexation.

Israeli forces fired at protesters as they marched towards their confiscated land. Some protesters responded by throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers.

In Bilin, one person was injured and dozens suffered tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration in solidarity with prisoners and a recent national reconciliation deal.

Participants marched towards Israel's separation wall and raised Palestinian flags before being fired upon by Israeli forces. Mohammad Faris Yassin, 20, was hit in the thigh with a tear gas canister.

Protesters also gathered in al-Masara village, south of Bethlehem, but were prevented from reaching Route 60 by Israeli soldiers, who threatened to arrest participants.

The non-violent resistance movement is a key part of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.

Peaceful Palestinian rallies in the West Bank are often met with a violent response by Israeli forces.

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