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Israeli forces injure 40 Palestinians in West Bank

14 January 2018
Israeli forces injure 40 Palestinians in West Bank

Tensions have been high in the Palestinian territories since December 6, when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, triggering condemnation and protests from across the Arab and Muslim world.

The Palestinian Authority has retained some contact with the Trump administration, despite vowing to cut off all ties to U.S. leadership in protest of its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat reported Saturday.

The IDF subsequently claimed the live fire was not indiscriminate, insisting the Israeli military only targeted "three main inciters, who posed a threat to soldiers and border facilities".

Meanwhile, another Palestinian teenager, identified as Ali Omar Kino, 16, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving to the Nablus Hospital, after being shot by Israeli forces during clashes that erupted in the Tel and Iraq Burin villages of southern Nablus in the northern West Bank.

According to the reports, the soldiers instantly resorted to the excessive use of force, and fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, wounding two young men with rubber-coated steel bullets. Construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank can not help broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Saturday.

"The EU calls on Israeli authorities to respond proportionately to protests, and open investigations following fatalities, in particular when involving a minor".

Also, almost 300 Palestinians were injured Friday in a new wave of clashes with Israeli police on the Gaza Strip border and in the occupied West bank.