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Over 60 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces in northern West Bank

Dec. 14, 2017 6:45 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 15, 2017 5:46 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- An estimated 68 Palestinians were injured in the northern occupied West Bank during clashes that erupted on Thursday between Palestinians and Israeli forces over the US President’s announcement last week recognizing Jerusalem -- half of which is occupied in violation of international law -- as Israel’s capital.

Protests against President Trump’s decision have been ongoing across the occupied Palestinian territory, and on Thursday, protests in the Burin and al-Naqoura villages of Nablus and on the campus of Khadouri University in western Tulkarem turned into violent clashes.

Head of the ambulance and emergency department of the Palestinian Red Crescent in Tulkarem, Raed Yassin, told Ma’an that Red Crescent teams treated 41 injuries at the Khadouri University.

Thirty-two people were treated for severe tear gas inhalation, two people were treated for rubber-coated steel bullet-related injuries, while seven people were treated for bruises and other injuries.

In the Nablus-area village of Burin, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that clashes erupted after 10 Israeli settlers from the illegal Givat Runim settlement outpost “attacked Palestinians and homes in the eastern area of the village.”

Locals responded by throwing rocks at the settlers, at which time Israeli forces -- who came to escort the settlers -- began firing tear gas and stun grenades at locals.

In the al-Naqoura village in western Nablus, clashes erupted with Israeli forces following a march protesting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Medical sources told Ma’an that several Palestinian youths suffered from severe tear-gas inhalation.

In Nablus city, following a march organized by local youth, clashes broke out with Israeli forces.

Head of the ambulance and emergency department in Nablus, Ahmad Jibril, said that 27 tear-gas suffocation cases were treated, including Minister Walid Assaf, who was hit by a tear-gas bomb.

Clashes also erupted in Deir Sharaf in eastern Nablus and at the Huwwara checkpoint in southern Nablus.

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