RAMALLAH, Palestine

Dozens of Palestinians were injured Friday in the occupied West Bank when the Israeli army used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protesters, according to eyewitnesses.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets as well as tear gas canisters to disperse dozens of Palestinian protesters marching in protest against Israeli settlements in Deir Jarir in Ramallah city.

Clashes also broke out between the forces and the protesters after the Israeli army resorted to violence.

Meanwhile, field medics told Anadolu Agency that they provided field treatment to three people injured with metal bullets as well as dozens of suffocation cases due to tear gas shelling.

More than 400,000 Jewish settlers currently live in more than 250 illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

International law views both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activities there as illegal.

*Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara

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