Israeli troops injure dozens in West Bank protests, Palestinian medics say

Israeli forces injured nearly 90 people on Friday in protests in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

At least one Palestinian was shot in the leg and taken to hospital, while others suffered injuries from stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets and inhalation of tear gas, the statement said.

The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry released a statement condemning Israel’s “repression,” saying locals are protesting the expansion of Jewish settlements and the confiscation of Palestinian land.

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The worst clashes took place in the central city of Huwara in the West Bank, near the city of Nablus.

Videos posted to social media this week show Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers tearing down Palestinian flags in the city. In response, Palestinians staged a march with people waving flags, leading to clashes with Israeli forces.

“What is happening in Huwara is a provocation by the settlers,” Mohammad Abdelhameed, a Huwara councilor, told Reuters. “We will hang the Palestinian flag, which is a symbol of our identity, and it will remain hoisted as long as we are on this land.”

Israeli law does not prohibit Palestinian flags, but police and soldiers regularly remove them from public areas.

Hamas in Gaza has warned of another war if an annual “flag” march held by Israeli nationalists in Jerusalem’s old city moves through the Muslim quarter this Sunday.

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