Israeli Soldiers Use Tear Gas, Stun Grenades to Evict Palestinian Camp
Israeli soldiers have used tear gas and stun grenades against a group of rock-throwing Palestinians trying prevent the dismantlement of a camp in the disputed West Bank territories. Both sides sustained injuries as the IDF removed dozens of tents.
The violence initially erupted after Palestinian protesters erected a new camp called “Al Manatir” in the village of Burin, some 70 kilometers away from Jerusalem. The camp consisted of four tents and five metal shacks.
Up to ten Palestinians have been arrested after the soldiers of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) entered the village and began firing tear gas and live ammunition into the air. The Israeli army claimed earlier it had arrested five people. An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops only used non-lethal riot dispersal means after Palestinians started throwing stones at them.
The spokesperson added that the protest in the village included some 150 people and was illegal.
Palestinians activists claimed Israeli soldiers slightly wounded a 16-year old, who was taken to the hospital in Nablus, and reportedly a mosque was set alight by a tear gas canister.
Locals accused the IDF of uprooting 100 olive trees.
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