Palestinians clash with Israeli forces across Palestine

Palestinians have clashed with Israeli forces and settlers across the West Bank as violence continued to grip the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel. In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian demonstrators marched from a local university to an Israeli settlement, where they were confronted by the army on Sunday afternoon.

More protests were held across the West Bank, including in the city of Nablus, and in the Gaza Strip.

– The soldiers are firing tear gas and rubber ­coated steel bullets, says Issa Amro, director of the Youth Against Settlements group, to Al Jazeera, adding that at least ten Palestinians have been arrested.

The clashes come just a day after five Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces or settlers during alleged stabbing attacks ­ three of them in Hebron. Triggered by Israeli incursions into the al­Aqsa Mosque compound last month, protests against Israel’s occupation have increased in frequency across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli forces have responded with a crackdown on protesters, using tear gas, stun grenades, rubber ­coated steel bullets and live ammunition. At least 43 Palestinians ­ including suspected attackers, unarmed protesters and bystanders ­ have been killed by Israel since October 1. Seven Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians this month.