Israeli military forces have shot and injured a Palestinian teenager during fresh clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Tel Aviv’s troops in the occupied West Bank.
Local Palestinian official, Murad Shtewei, said a group of Palestinians staged a demonstration in the northern West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum, located 13 kilometers (8 miles) west of Nablus, on Saturday afternoon.
The participants were protesting against the Israeli regime’s expansion of illegal settlements and construction of the separation wall that snakes across occupied Palestinian territories and isolates large swathes of them.
Violence, however, erupted when Israeli soldiers stormed the demonstration, and fired tear gas canisters as well as live rounds to break up the protest.
A 16-year-old Palestinian boy, identified as Aqel Ramzi, was struck in the thigh, and was transported to Rafidia hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment. Dozens of protesters also suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.
Tensions between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue unabated. The wave of unrest was triggered by Israel’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.
Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers, who frequently storm the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. The Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.
More than 110 Palestinians and nearly 20 Israelis have been killed in the recent wave of clashes between Palestinians and Israelis since the start of October.