Many Palestinian citizens suffered injuries during clashes on Friday afternoon with Israeli soldiers at the entrance to Taqua town in Bethlehem, while an Israeli military force kidnapped two children in Dura town in al-Khalil.
Local sources reported that two young men suffered rubber bullet injuries in the lower parts of their bodies and many others suffered from inhaling tear gas during clashes with soldiers in al-Sha’er street at the entrance to Taqua town, east of Bethlehem.
Similar clashes broke out between young men and soldiers in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. Some youths choked on tear gas during the skirmishes.
In al-Khalil, the Israeli army closed on the same day the main entrances to Dura town and al-Fawwar refugee camp, which provoked angry protests from local young men.
Local sources said that skirmishes happened between young men and soldiers at the southern entrance to Dura town after two vital roads leading to Dura and Fawwar camp were closed by the Israeli occupation forces.
They added that the Israeli army ordered the closure of these two roads after settlers’ cars were reportedly attacked with stones on Road 60.
Meanwhile, two Palestinian kids were kidnapped by Israeli soldiers from Wadi Abul-Qamra area in Dura town, according to eyewitnesses.
The identities of the boys are still unknown.
The soldiers also detained another boy aged 8 for some hours in the same area of Dura before letting him go.
In another incident, the presence of an Israeli military force in Beit Einun town, north of al-Khalil, triggered clashes with local young people on Friday evening.
Local sources said that soldiers set up a makeshift checkpoint at Beit Einun junction and embarked on searching passing vehicles, which angered local youths and prompted them to hurl stones and glass bottles at the latter.
Soldiers, in turn, launched gunfire and tear gas attacks against the protesters. The skirmishes continued for a while until the military force withdrew from the town later on the same day.
(Source / 12.11.2016)