Clashes with Israeli soldiers in West Bank wound 7 Palestinians: medics

At least seven Palestinian protestors were injured on Friday in clashes with Israeli soldiers in two separate incidents in the West Bank, medical sources and eyewitnesses said.

Five Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the village of Beita south of the West Bank city of Nablus, while two others were injured by rubber bullets in the village of Beit Dajan east of Nablus, according to the sources.

Currently, several villages and towns in the West Bank have become a routine scene for weekly rallies that are held on Fridays against the Israeli settlement activities.

The eyewitnesses said that the clashes broke out during rallies that the Palestinians organize every Friday afternoon in protest against Israeli settlement and confiscation of land.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said in a press statement that nine Palestinian protestors were injured during clashes with Israeli police forces in the old city in East Jerusalem.

The statement said that Israeli police officers fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at Palestinian worshippers at their exit from al-Aqsa Mosque in the city after they finished Friday’s prayers.