Israeli forces open border crossings with Israel to halt protests


The Israeli military announced Friday that it was opening border crossings to allow Palestinians in the occupied West Bank to cross into Israel.

The announcement came as demonstrations in the West Bank city of Ramallah continued.

Israeli forces arrested dozens of Palestinians, and at least 13 were injured during the demonstrations, according to a statement by the army.

The army said the movement was “under threat from the terrorists.”

It did not specify what the terrorists were, or what action it would take against them.

The statement came after hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at the soldiers during an afternoon rally against the ongoing violence in Ramallah.

More than 500 people were injured.

Israeli officials have been criticized for allowing thousands of Palestinians into the West Wall city for a month while they face off with the Israeli military.

Israeli police and the military have arrested dozens, including Palestinians, for carrying out protests and for “inciting hatred.”

The latest unrest comes after a string of recent deadly clashes between Israeli settlers and Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been a key negotiator in the peace process with Israel and the Palestinians, calling for an end to Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories and for a two-state solution.

The U.S. State Department has condemned Israel for the violence.

Israel considers the settlements illegal, and has vowed to stop them.

On Friday, a Palestinian man was shot and wounded by an Israeli settler in the central West Bank town of Silwan.

A police officer was lightly wounded in the incident.

The Palestinian Red Crescent, which has been aiding the Palestinians in Jerusalem, said it had treated a wounded man and a Palestinian woman who were injured in the same incident.

A Palestinian man who was wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers said he suffered a broken leg, while another man said he was shot in the leg.

The two injured people were treated and released from hospital.

The Israeli army said that two Palestinians, aged 18 and 25, were shot in Silwan overnight.

One of them, who was lightly injured, was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for treatment, according the army statement.

The other, who suffered a graze wound to the arm, was treated at the scene by paramedics and transferred to Shaare Medical Center.

A second man was wounded by shrapnel in Silwa, the statement said.

The IDF said that a Palestinian in his 30s was lightly hurt in Silwwan overnight after an explosion.

Israeli media reported that the explosion was caused by an “explosive device,” and that the injured man was taken by ambulance to Shaared Medical Center for treatment.