Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces across the West Bank and East Jerusalem on Sunday, as tensions ran sky high following a series of Palestinian terror attacks and Israeli operations to crack down on the violent incidents.
Clashes with Israeli security forces and Jewish settlers left 77 Palestinians wounded from both live rounds and rubber bullets over the past 24 hours, the Palestinian Red Crescent said Sunday.
The toll included 18 Palestinians wounded from live rounds and 59 from rubber bullets, Red Crescent spokeswoman Errab Foqaha said. Another 139 have been treated for tear gas inhalation and six for injuries sustained in beatings by soldiers or settlers, she said. Israel did not confirm the figures.
One Israeli policeman was lightly injured after an improvised explosive device was thrown by masked Palestinian youths at a group of Border Police troops near Aida in the West Bank, adjacent to Rachel’s Tomb. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
In the Issawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem, police said an assailant threw a Molotov cocktail at Border Police officers, who responded by shooting the assailant in the leg. The attacker was evacuated by others at the scene and police said they were searching for him.
In the West Bank and in the el Aroub refugee camp, Palestinians hurled rocks at IDF troops near Bir Zeit.
Elsewhere, in Kafr Hursa in the southern West Bank, Palestinians threw stones at Israeli vehicles.
A car sustained damage after Palestinians threw rocks at it near the Tapuah junction in the central West Bank.
Soldiers dispersed the riots using nonlethal means in all flashpoints, according to the army.
Palestinians also reported a number of Israeli attacks, including stones hurled at a car in which the governor of the Jenin was riding.
Settlers also blocked Palestinian drivers on roads throughout the West Bank, according to Palestinian reports.