Two Border Guard police officers sustained light wounds after stones were hurled at them at the Kalandia crossing point near Jerusalem Friday.
Another police officer was also hurt in Arab violence, as riots spread across Jerusalem and the West Bank Friday as Palestinians prepare to mark 'Nakba Day' Sunday on the occasion of Israel's establishment.
Fire, smoke in Jerusalem Friday (Photo: Noam Moscowitz)
Meanwhile, leftist activists reported that at least 25 people were hurt in a protest near Nabi Salah, in the Ramallah region. Security forces dispersed dozens of Palestinians, foreign nationals and Israeli left-wing activists who were hurling stones at the site, the army said.
The leftists denied that any stones were hurled and said that some activists were wounded after Border Guard forces hit them with batons. Defense officials denied the claims.
In another incident, a 16-year-old Arab sustained light wounds after being shot in east Jerusalem. The hurt teen underwent surgery after being hit by live ammunition at Mount of Olives. Police officials were looking into the circumstances of his injury.
Thus far, police and Border Guard forces operating in the Jerusalem region detained 34 people on suspicion of disturbing the peace.
Northern Israel protest
Elsewhere, some 40 Palestinians gathered near the village of Anata, southeast of Ramallah, and hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at a nearby road. Earlier in the day, police forces clashed with young Arab protesting and rioting at various sites in east Jerusalem.
Stone throwing incidents were also reported near Bethlehem and Ramallah.
Jonathan Pollack, a member of the Anarchists against the Fence group, addressed the Nabi Salah clashes in a talk with Ynet, saying that "the army's and police's hysterical, violent response shows that Israel doesn't know how to contend with civilian Palestinian protest."
The upcoming "Nakba Day" was also marked in northern Israel, where dozens of Baka al-Gharbia residents marked the occasion on horseback and held up Palestinian flags. The demonstration passed through several neighborhoods in the northern Israel town and prompted traffic jams throughout the community.
Hassan Shaalan contributed to the report
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