BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Five Palestinians were shot by Israeli forces on Friday as protests erupted across the central West Bank in protest against the Israeli occupation and the confiscation of Palestinian land to build the separation wall.
The protests, which come on the first day of the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival, were held by dozens of villagers in Kafr Qaddum and Bilin.
One Palestinian man was injured on Friday by Israeli sniper fire in the central West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum and four shot with rubber-coated steel bullets after clashes erupted following a protest march, organizers said.
Dozens also suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation as Israeli soldiers shot multiple rounds of tear gas canisters at the crowd, who were chanting slogans against Israeli settlement construction in the occupied territory.
An Israeli military spokeswoman did not return a request for comment. more