|Dozens injured in protests and clashes with Israeli forces|
Protests and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces continued during the week in multiple locations across the West Bank, resulting in the injury of 134 Palestinians and nine Israeli soldiers. Almost half of those injured were treated for tear gas inhalation.1 The other half were treated for injuries sustained from rubber-coated metal bullets.
Over 80 per cent of Palestinians injured this week were injured during demonstrations held in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. The most serious clashes in this context occurred in the southern West Bank: in Beit Ummar village and Al Arrub refugee camp in Hebron, and in Al Khader village and Ayda refugee camp in Bethlehem.
Furthermore, 13 Palestinians were injured in the regular demonstrations held in protest at access restrictions and settlement activities: in Nabi Saleh (Ramallah), against the expansion of Hallamish settlement on the village’s land; in Bil’in (Ramallah) protesting the erection of the Barrier; and in Hebron, protesting the closure of the main entrance to the city from the south, citing the security need of Beit Haggay settlement.
Six Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces at the entrance to Silwad and Deir Jrir villages in Ramallah on 12 April. On 9 April, 13 Palestinians, including nine school students, were injured as a result of tear gas inhalation after two tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces a few days earlier exploded while the students were playing with them near a school in Tuqu’ village in Bethlehem.
According to Burin village council (Nablus), on 10 April Israeli forces raided 50 houses in a search-and-arrest operation, during which 30 Palestinians were detained. In addition, 20 of the houses searched reportedly sustained damage, including to door locks, windows, furniture, electrical devices and electricity wires. All except three of those detained were released. According to the IDF, the objective of the operation was to arrest individuals suspected of stone-throwing, and they received no reports of property damage relating to the operation.
1The number excludes people who received any “light treatment” but includes those who received medical treatment on the ground or in hospital.