About 60 Palestinians participated in violent protests Wednesday in the village of Qusra, south of Nablus. Some of the protesters threw stones at Border Police and two soldiers were lightly injured.
The clashes between demonstrators and security forces followed Israel’s reported demolition of a local electrical power line.
Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Daghlas issued a press release saying that “several bulldozers began to demolish the power line in the northern part of the village. The destruction of the line means dozens of civilians are deprived of electricity.”
Daghlas also claimed that during the clashes, soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades at the protesters, and that some Israeli settlers had entered the village.
Last Friday, at least 1,000 demonstrators massed outside Ofer prison near Ramallah, rallying in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails, in what Palestinians said were the largest demonstrations in recent years.
According to the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency, at least 200 Palestinians were injured in clashes with IDF soldiers at the site. Most were treated for tear gas inhalation.
Two soldiers were lightly injured and received treatment on site.