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Clashes with Israeli forces across West Bank overnight

Aug. 1, 2014 12:41 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 1, 2014 8:33 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Clashes erupted across the West Bank late Thursday, as protests and violence against the Israeli assault on Gaza that has killed more than 1,400 Palestinians continued.

Clashes and Israeli raids were reported across the region, including in Qablan, Ein Qinia, Kufr al-Dik, and Beit Ummar.

Qablan

Israeli forces raided the town of Qablan in the southern Nablus region and detained a Palestinian hours after an Israeli soldiers was injured by fire from the village on Thursday.

The mayor of Qablan told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided the village from numerous directions just before midnight on Thursday.

Mayor Hisham al-Azaar added that Israeli forces fired two bombs at Moussa al-Aqraa's house in the southern areas of the village in an attempt to detain Zakariya Moussa al-Aqraa, who was not at the house at the time.

Israeli forces also bombed the gate of a shop belonging to Samer Hassan Abdulatif, injuring him.

Abdulatif was detained while wounded, al-Azaar added.

Kufr al-Dik

Clashes also erupted early Friday in Kufr al-Dik town in western Salfit between dozens of Palestinians and Israeli settlers.

Witnesses told Ma'an that several settlers attacked houses in the western areas of the town, raiding the house of Ziyad Darwish Ali Ahmad and assaulting residents.

People nearby defended the residents of the home, forcing the settlers to leave the area.

Israeli forces raided the town to protect the settlers, witnesses said, and they fired tear-gas and stun grenades as well as live fire at residents, suffocating many.

Ein Qinia

Clashes erupted in Ein Qinia village in west of Ramallah after youths set fire to an Israeli military tower near the town.

Fire broke out in the Israeli military tower after youths threw Molotov cocktails and fireworks at it.

Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades and tear-gas bombs at the youths when clashes erupted after Israeli forces raided the village.

The youths, meanwhile, threw rocks and fireworks at Israeli forces once they had entered the town.

Beit Ummar

Four Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes with Israeli forces in Beit Ummar town in the northern Hebron region late Thursday.

A spokesperson for a local popular committee said that clashes erupted in the al-Ghahr area opposite Karmi Zur settlement in southern Beit Ummar.

Four were injured with rubber-coated bullets during the clashes.

Of the injured, only Saqr Sadiq Abdulkarim Abu Maria, 42, was identified. He was shot in the chest and moved to a medical center for treatment where his injuries were reported as "stable."

Dozens were suffocated by tear-gas grenades hurled by Israeli forces at residents' homes and at al-Sumud mosque during the clashes.

Red Crescent crews evacuated a mother and her children from a house after Israeli soldiers threw tear-gas grenades inside.
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