Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

W. Bank Palestinians hurt in clashes with Israel troops

W. Bank Palestinians hurt in clashes with Israel troops

According to a statement by the Israeli military, more than 10 Palestinians tried to disrupt a force carrying out arrests in the village of Nabi Saleh and one of them threw a rock at a soldier, striking him in the head.

Palestinians said she repeatedly told the soldiers to leave her land, which is considered occupied under worldwide law.

Their figured reveal that Israeli occupation forces detained 197 Palestinians from Jerusalem, 104 from Ramallah and Al-Bireh, 70 from Hebron and 33 from Jenin.

According to the initial report by human rights group B'Tselem, the victim was 21-year-old Izz ad-Din Tamimi, who died from a neck wound after being shot by Israeli forces.

Demonstrators have also called for the "right of return" to lost ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

Since 2015, Palestinians have killed over 50 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks.

Israel says many protest participants were Hamas members and militants trying to breach the border and launch attacks.

The protests at Israel's border so far peaked on May 15, when some 40,000 Gazans protested along the fence and violent clashes took place between troops and Palestinians.

Friday's demonstrations are meant to coincide with "Jerusalem Day", a day of protest against Israeli control of the city of Jerusalem. The protest came the day after the USA opened its embassy in Jerusalem. In recent weeks, Israel has struggled with a new phenomenon of flaming kites flown over the border into Israel. Under interim peace accords, Palestinians exercise limited self-rule in the area, which they seek, along with the Gaza Strip, for a future state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Some 17,500 dunams (4,300 acres, or almost seven square miles) of land on the Israeli side of the Gaza border have been burned in more than 250 fires over the past two months, more than half of them in nature reserves, according to Israeli assessments. Iran has marked al-Quds Day since the start of its 1979 Islamic revolution.

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