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217 Palestinian protesters injured in W.Bank clashes
217 Palestinian protesters injured in W.Bank clashes

Ramallah, Sep 19 (TIWN) At least 217 Palestinian protesters were injured during clashes with Israeli soldiers in a protest against Jewish settlement in the West Bank, authorities said on Saturday.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said in a statement of the 217 injured protesters, 35 were shot by rubber-coated metal bullets and 182 subjected to suffocation after inhaling tear gas, reports Xinhua news agency.  Witnesses said that fierce clashes broke out on Friday afternoon between dozens of protesters and Israeli soldiers in villages of Beita and Beit Dajan near northern West Bank city of Nablus.  Clashes in Beita have been going on for almost four months in protest against establishing a settlement outpost on lands owned by the village's residents, with the protesters waving Palestinian flags, chanting slogans against Israel, and throwing stones at the soldiers who fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse them, they said.

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