Dozens of Palestinians detained, injured in Israeli raids in West Bank
Dozens of Palestinians were injured in the occupied West Bank on Thursday as Israeli soldiers and settlers stormed Palestinian towns and villages.
Israeli forces also detained 24 Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Authority's official news agency, WAFA.
Scores of settlers stormed the village of Al-Lubban al-Sharqiya south of Nablus on Thursday morning, WAFA reported, under the protection of Israeli forces.
They prevented students reaching their schools and dozens of students and local residents were injured when Israeli soldiers fired tear gas.
Israeli forces also detained three Palestinians in the western area of Nablus city.
In Tubas northeast of Nablus, Israeli forces stormed the house of Hamid Musulmani, a former detainee, and re-arrested him. In the resulting clashes, a young Palestinian man was shot in the knee, WAFA reported.
Israeli forces also detained 14 Palestinians in the Issawiyah area of East Jerusalem and four Palestinians in the village of Surif near Hebron in the southern West Bank.
They also arrested two brothers from the Zayed family in Qalandiya north of Jerusalem.
A 17-year-old Palestinian youth, Mohammed Saleh Ebayat, was also beaten by Israeli troops near the settlement of Maale Amous south of Bethlehem, according to local sources.
On Thursday morning, settlers also stormed the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem from the Al-Maghariba gate, parading provocatively under the protection of Israeli forces.
Israeli forces engage in almost daily raids on homes and towns in the West Bank, assaulting and detaining Palestinians, while in recent months there has been an uptick in settler violence in the area.
Over 600,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem which are considered illegal under international law.