Four Palestinians, including an elderly women, were reported to have been injured in the occupied West Bank on Friday, after Israeli forces opened fire on protesters in two separate villages.According to Ma’an News Agency, two Palestinian women were injured in the village of Farun, just south of Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank.

72-year-old Yusra Mohammad Al-Haj al-Abd and Jumana Ahmad Shayib, 48, were shot by Israeli forces in their upper bodies during clashes in the village, and were taken to a hospital for treatment.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that the pair were ‘hurling rocks at Israeli soldiers’ and were subsequently shot in the ‘lower extremities.’

She stated that Israeli forces had entered the village — which is in Area A, technically under full Palestinian control — on ‘some sort of routine patrol’ and that, while on their way out, locals started ‘hurling rocks’ at them and refused to stop.

Also on Friday, two Palestinian youth were reportedly shot with rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes in Safa area of Beit Ummar, to the north of Hebron.

A 20-year-old suffered a wound to the head and taken to hospital in stable condition, while a 17-year-old was hit in the right hand and treated at the scene.

Spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committee in Beit Ummar, Mohammad Ayyad Awad, said that dozens of others also suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation in the clashes, which apparently broke out after Israeli forces raided the area.

Mr. Awad said that Palestinians threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters into the crowds.

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