IDF soldiers, Palestinians clash near Jenin

IDF soldiers, Palestinians clash near Jenin

Protesters reportedly erect protest camp in West Bank

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

A group of around 200 Palestinian protesters on Saturday threw rocks at IDF soldiers near a village outside the West Bank city of Jenin.

The soldiers responded with crowd-dispersal devices. No injuries were reported, according to Ynet.

Palestinian media reported that earlier in the day the protesters had set up a “protest village” near the village of Anin named al-Asra, or the prisoners. According to the Ma’an News Agency, the Israeli troops reportedly assaulted Palestinian Legislative Council member Jamal Hwail.

The al-Asra protest village was the third encampment of its kind to pop up in the West Bank in the past month. Palestinian activists appear to be employing tactics used by Jewish settlers, who set up outposts in the West Bank hoping to take ownership of the land by changing facts on the ground.

Earlier this month the IDF dismantled two other tent camps near Jerusalem.

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