Over 35 Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes
International human rights organizations have recently criticized Israeli forces for using excessive force against Palestinians. (AFP/File)
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Israeli forces have injured more than 35 Palestinians when clashes broke out in a village in the north of the occupied West Bank.
Local sources said that the skirmishes erupted on Monday in the village of Awarta, southeast of the city of Nablus, after several Israeli military vehicles entered the area, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
The report added that Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at the protesting villagers.
Over ten people, including three children and a woman, were taken to a hospital in Nablus for treatment, the sources said.
On April 14, a Palestinian woman died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops at a refugee camp in the town of Bethlehem.
The new clashes came as on Monday Amnesty International expressed serious concern about Israel’s illegal use of lethal and excessive force against Palestinians and others.
Amnesty said in a letter to the Palestinian Ministry of Information that it is collecting evidence to prosecute the Israeli government as well as “its leaders and soldiers before the international fora.”
The human rights organization said work is underway to gather evidence on Israel’s killings in the West Bank.
According to Palestinian rights groups, over a dozen Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the first half of 2013 and nearly 1,800 Palestinians, including women and children, were arrested during the same period.
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