|Dozens injured in clashes with Israeli forces
This week, around 60 Palestinians, including 14 children, were injured in protests and clashes with Israeli forces across the West Bank; the majority of them (58 per cent) were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets. Three members of Israeli forces were injured during these clashes.
Amidst clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces, which involved stone-throwing by Palestinians and firing of rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters by Israeli forces, a total of 22 Palestinians were injured in two protests held this week in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners at Beituniya checkpoint (Ramallah) and in Beit Ummar village (Hebron). Additionally, 14 Palestinians were injured during weekly protests against the expansion of Hallamish settlement on Nabi Saleh’s land and settler violence in Silwad village (both in Ramallah), and against the permanent closure of the main entrance of Kafr Qaddum village (Qalqiliya). Four other Palestinians were injured in a protest in Al Walaja village (Bethlehem) against the continued construction of the Barrier. The majority of injuries by Israeli security forces recorded in 2013 have taken place within the context of demonstrations, accounting for 88 per cent of all injuries in the first four months of the year.
Tensions rose in East Jerusalem this week within the context of “Jerusalem Day” on 8 May and related Israeli restrictions on the entry of male and female worshippers into Al Aqsa Mosque/Temple mount compound on 7 and 8 May. Between 7 and 11 May, clashes between Palestinians, Israelis, including settlers, and/or Israeli forces were reported in and around Al Aqsa Mosque/Temple Mount Compound and in At Tur, leading to the injury of 10 Palestinians and one Israeli police officer. In addition, 44 Palestinians, including eight children, were detained by Israeli forces in various parts of East Jerusalem during clashes, demonstrations and search operations. Elsewhere, six Palestinians were also injured during clashes with Israeli forces in search-and-arrest operations in ‘Urif (Nablus) and Ar Ram town (Jerusalem).
Also this week on 8 May, Palestinian security forces opened fire at a vehicle in Sa’ir village during an attempt to arrest a Palestinian, killing the man’s wife. Clashes erupted between residents of Sa’ir and Palestinian forces in the village, resulting in injury to 12 Palestinian policemen. Also related, Palestinians in a civilian vehicle opened fire at the PA security forces in the same area and the latter responded with live ammunition, injuring two.