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The Palestinians collide with the Israeli police during protests in the West Bank



RAS KARKAR, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli security forces threw tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinians on Friday protesting against the confiscation of settlements in the Occupied West Bank.

Palestinian demonstrators use slingers to throw stones at Israeli troops during a protest against Israeli settlement buildings in the village of Ras Karkar near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on August 31

, 2018. REUTERS / Mohamad Torokman

About a dozen of the hundreds of Palestinians who gathered in the village of Ras Karkar were injured, witnesses said. An Israeli police spokesman had no immediate comment.

An Israeli court on Tuesday broke a new venue by legally recognizing a Jewish settlement built on private Palestinian land without Israeli government approval.

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Most countries consider all settlements built on land conquered by Israel in the Middle East in 1967 to be illegal. Israel denies this.

About 500,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where more than 2.6 million Palestinians live. The Palestinians say that rapid settlement expansion in recent years may deny them a viable and cohesive state.

The other Palestinian territory, Gaza, was largely calm on Friday despite the expected border demonstrations, a weekly event in the Islamist Hamas-controlled enclave since March 30.

Israel killed more than 170 Palestinians during the protests in Gaza, calling it an effort to thwart breakthroughs on the fortified border. Israel withdrew in 2005 settlers and soldiers from Gaza.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.

Reporting by Ali Sawafta; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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