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Palestinian Gov’t Accuses Israel of ‘Frantic Escalation’

Palestinian Gov’t Accuses Israel of ‘Frantic Escalation’

Saturday, 28 May, 2022 - 06:30
A Palestinian clashing with an Israeli border guard in West Bank town of Huwara on Friday, May 27, 2022. (AFP)

The Palestinian government has accused Israel of fueling tension between both peoples.

This comes in light of clashes that took place in the central West Bank town of Huwara, near the city of Nablus on Friday, in which more than 100 Palestinians were injured.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry released a statement condemning Israel's repression and abusive acts.

It blamed the occupation forces for giving the settlers a free hand to attack Palestinian civilians who are launching peaceful protests against expanding Jewish settlements and the confiscation of Palestinian land.

It also held the US administration and the international community accountable for their mismanagement of the conflict and for undermining any chance to achieve political settlement based on the international references for peace, topped by the two-state solution and the “land for peace.”

It urged them to press Israel and take the necessary measures and steps to halt the “frantic escalation" against Palestinians.

Videos posted on social media this week showed Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers taking down Palestinian flags in the town. In response, Palestinians organized a march with people waving flags, leading to confrontations with Israeli forces.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said on Friday that the medics had dealt with 88 injuries from the Israeli fire in Nablus and nearby towns and villages.

It recorded one injury with live fire, 10 injuries with rubber-coated metal bullets, 72 injuries from tear gas inhalation, two injuries with pepper gas, one stun grenade wound, and two burn injuries.

These casualties were reported in the towns of Beit Dajan, Jabal Sabih, Beita, and Huwara in Nablus during violent confrontations with the occupation forces.

Four people were also injured by rubber-coated metal bullets and dozens have reportedly suffered from smoke inhalation during the Israeli occupation forces' suppression of the weekly Kafr Qaddum march, east of Qalqilya.

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