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Clashes across West Bank and East Jerusalem overnight

July 29, 2014 5:08 A.M. (Updated: July 30, 2014 11:11 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Intense clashes erupted across East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Tuesday, as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in renewed demonstrations in solidarity with the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces violently suppressed protests across the region, injuring and arresting demonstrators in the neighborhoods of Jabal al-Mukabber and al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem as well as in the villages of Beit Rima, al-Janiyeh, Safa, and Ras Karkar around Ramallah.

East Jerusalem

Intense clashes erupted late Monday between Palestinians and Israeli police forces in the Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood of East Jerusalem, locals said.

Locals told Ma'an that local youths were protesting the Israeli "massacres" in the Gaza Strip when police arrived to disperse the demonstration, injuring eight youths with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades, tear-gas canisters, and rubber-coated steel bullets at demonstrators, and many suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation.

Locals said that soldiers sprayed "Skunk water" -- a foul-smelling liquid generally shot from truck-mounted cannon -- at residents' houses and properties.

In the course of the clashes, locals reported that an Israeli settler from Nof Tsiyon shot live fire at youths, who responded with rocks and fireworks. No injuries were reported.

An Israeli military spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

Dozens were also injured as Israeli forces dispersed protesters with rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas canisters in al-Issawiya near East Jerusalem on Monday night.

A march set off through al-Issawiya streets in solidarity with the people of Gaza Strip and protesting against the Israeli offensive, but Israeli police forces rapidly arrived to suppress it.

Member of a local activist committee Muhammad Abu al-Hummus said that dozens were suffocated by tear-gas canisters while soldiers haphazardly sprayed "Skunk water” throughout the streets and alleyways of the neighborhood.

Many youths were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, including some injured in the head. The majority of injuries were reported to be between light and moderate.

Abu al-Hummus condemned the Israeli suppression for marches setting off in solidarity with Gazans.

Israeli forces detained Muhammad Ali Nasser, 49, and his brother Ahmad Ali Nasser, 47, after assaulting them for "wearing Gaza solidarity shirts," Abu al-Hummus added.

West Bank

Israeli forces early Tuesday detained two Palestinians from Beit Rima north of Ramallah after clashes erupted in the village.

Ex-prisoner Mahmoud Aziz al-Rimawi was detained after Israeli soldiers raided his house.

Al-Rimawi's father was injured and taken to a hospital after a police dog attacked him.

Ghassan Kamal al-Rimawi was also detained after being shot in the foot with live fire by Israeli soldiers.

In al-Janiyeh village west of Ramallah, meanwhile, three Palestinians were injured with live fire and others were suffocated from tear gas during clashes.

Israeli forces raided the village and clashed with dozens of youths.

Youths threw rocks and empty bottles at soldiers who shot live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas grenades at them.

Israeli soldiers shot live fire "randomly" at youths and residents' houses while chasing youths through the alleyways of the village in an attempt to detain some.

Clashes also erupted following a protest against the Israeli offensive against Gaza Strip in the village of Safa west of Ramallah between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

Israeli forces shot tear-gas bombs, live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesters.

Local sources told Ma'an that "when the march approached the borders of confiscated lands, Israeli soldiers started shooting live fire and tear-gas bombs at youths, who responded with rocks."

Many Palestinian youths were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, while others were suffocated with tear-gas bombs during clashes that erupted late Monday in Ras Karkar village west of Ramallah.

Israeli forces shut the eastern entrance of the village with "cement blocks" and prevented anyone going in or out of the village from.

Youths responded to the soldiers, who were shooting live fire, rubber-coated bullets, and tear-gas bombs, with rocks and empty bottles.
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