Israel troops disperse W. Bank demos; injuries reported

By Qais Abu Samra

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – Three Palestinians were injured on Friday when Israeli army troops forcibly dispersed several anti-occupation demonstrations in the occupied West Bank.

According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent, confrontations erupted between protesters and Israeli troops in the towns of Ras Karkar and Bilin west of Ramallah, the town of Beit Omar near Hebron, and the town of Kafr Qaddum near Nablus.

Israeli troops reportedly used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse demonstrators.

In Ras Karkar, eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that “dozens” of protesters and local residents had suffered the effects of excessive teargas.

In Kafr Qaddum, meanwhile, Palestinian photographer Nidal Ashtia was injured after being struck by a rubber bullet, according to protest organizers.

And in Beit Omar, eyewitnesses said that at least two people had been hurt by rubber bullets during clashes with Israeli troops near the town’s main entrance.

Every Friday, Palestinians across the West Bank hold anti-occupation demonstrations which are usually dispersed — with excessive force — by the Israeli army.