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46 Palestinians injured during clashes across West Bank

July 18, 2014 5:07 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2014 3:06 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Forty-six Palestinians were injured in clashes in the central West Bank on Friday as Israeli forces dispersed widespread demonstrations in solidarity with the besieged Gaza Strip.

Demonstrations took place in Budrus, Nilin, and Ofer prison near Ramallah, as well as in the village of Biddu near Jerusalem.

Nine Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, and several were injured as a result of suffocation by tear-gas grenades during clashes near the Israeli prison of Ofer, west of Ramallah.

Palestinian demonstrators headed towards Ofer in a march after Friday prayers and clashes erupted as soon as they approached the area after Israeli forces fired tear-gas grenades at the march.

Israeli forces also shot tear-gas grenades at journalists who were covering the march.

Thirty Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation during clashes with Israeli forces in the village of Biddu northwest of Jerusalem.

Islamic and nationalist parties arranged a joint march after Friday prayer that set off towards the Israeli settlement of Har Adar near the village, but Israeli forces fired tear-gas grenades at marches as they approached the area.

They also opened fire with live ammunition, injuring dozens.

Israeli forces detained Khalid Abdullah Abu Eid, 21, from Biddu during the march.

Three Palestinians were also injured with live fire and dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation during clashes in the village of Budrus west of Ramallah.

Israeli forces raided Budrus, a frequent site of demonstrations against the Israeli occupation and wall, and villagers confronted them by throwing rocks and empty bottles at soldiers, who responded with fire.

Soldiers chased youths in the alleyways of the village, while local youths threw rocks and empty bottles at soldiers until they left.

Clashes with Israeli forces also broke out in village of Nilin west of Ramallah, where a Palestinian was injured after being shot with live fire, four others were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, and dozens from tear gas during clashes.

Dozens of youths participated in a march against the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip after Friday prayers.

Israeli forces shot live fire, tear-gas bombs and stun grenades at the youths, who threw rocks and empty bottles.

Soldiers shut the entrance of the town and prevented cars and residents from coming in or out of the village.
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