Two police officers have been lightly injured in clashes with protesters in the West Bank on Thursday, police said.
The two officers were wounded in the head during clashes near the Israeli settlement of Beit Ummar in the central occupied West Bank, which police said had “no direct link to the protests” in Beit Ommar.
A spokesman for the police said they were hit by a projectile and that they were hospitalized in stable condition.
According to a statement from the military, police opened fire on demonstrators, killing two of them.
The statement said the two officers had “immediately returned fire.”
The police statement said one of the injured officers was treated in hospital for “light injuries,” while the other received minor injuries.
The incident comes after a series of demonstrations in the occupied West, which have been marred by violence.
Earlier this week, Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops in the town of Qalqilya, near Ramallah, and several clashes erupted in the Beit Qassas refugee camp, which is home to many of the Palestinian refugees who have fled from violence in the region.
At least 10 Palestinians were killed in the violence, which began on Monday after the UN and Human Rights Watch accused Israel of violating international law in the treatment of the refugees.
Following Thursday’s clashes, a crowd of about 500 protesters gathered outside the Israeli-owned settlement of Gush Etzion, near the West Jordan border.
Some of the demonstrators shouted slogans against Israeli settlers, and one of them was carrying a banner that read “Death to settlers,” which the demonstrators said was a reference to the Israeli occupation.
“We are here to protest the illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories,” the protester, who did not give his name, said.
“We want to stop the violence and occupation.
The state of Israel has a right to protect its citizens.
(The protesters) don’t want to live in peace with the occupier,” he added.
“They want to return to their lands.”
Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday that Israel was not doing enough to protect Palestinian civilians.
Israel has imposed a number of restrictions on the rights of Palestinians, including a ban on travel and a ban from entering the West Jerusalem neighbourhood of al-Ram.
Hamas, the militant Islamist group that governs the Gaza Strip, has also launched a campaign to target Israeli civilians in the Gaza strip, a stronghold of the Hamas movement, which governs the enclave.
Meanwhile in the Israeli city of Ramallah on Thursday morning, Israeli security forces arrested an activist, Mohammed al-Bassam, as he tried to cross the border into Israel.
Israeli forces detained al-Sudani, who is an organizer with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, for questioning at the entrance of the Israeli town of Beersheba.
Bassams father, Salah al-Hassan, was killed by Israeli forces in 2005.