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Israeli forces injure PA minister during protest in Ramallah

Aug. 31, 2018 10:49 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 31, 2018 4:07 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Five Palestinians, including Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister Walid Assaf, head of the National Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlements, were injured on Thursday afternoon after Israeli forces opened fire during clashes in the Ras Karkar village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Locals said that residents of Ras Karkar, along with activists and others including Assaf, were participating in a nonviolent protest against Israel's plans to confiscate private Palestinian lands in the village.

Clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli forces, during which Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse them.

The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that its medical teams provided first aid at the scene to five Palestinians, two of whom were immediately transferred to a hospital in Ramallah City to receive medical treatment.

Sources added that among the five injured Palestinians was Assaf, who was shot and lightly injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his left ear.

Two of Assaf's escorts were also shot and had suffered injuries in the hands and legs.

Assaf called for further protests against Israel to prevent its attempts to take Palestinian lands in the village.

The protests came after Israeli forces stormed the Ras Karkar village earlier this week, escorting bulldozers that began to raze agricultural lands belonging to Palestinian residents of the village.

Confrontations broke out in which Israeli forces assaulted several residents of the village, as well as members of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee and detained three Palestinians, including a Palestinian photojournalist.

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