Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian demonstrators protesting against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the occupied West Bank.
Scores of Palestinians took to the streets in the villages of Kfar Kaddum, near Nablus, and Deir Jarir, northeast of Ramallah, on Friday to express their anger over confiscation of their land by Tel Aviv regime and the expansion of settler units. Israeli troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Palestinians hold weekly anti-Israeli demonstrations to demand an end to the occupation of their land. Last week, hundreds of Palestinians marched in Deir Jarir village to protest against settler violence after settlers from the nearby settlement of Ofra torched around ten cars in the village, pelted village youth with stones and planted an Israeli flag on a derelict church. Tension has been rising in the region lately as Israelis have stepped up seizing Palestinian land in order to build more settlements. Nine Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank since the beginning of the year.