Israeli troops caused, on Wednesday night, the injury of at least thirty-eight Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem, after the army fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas bombs in the town of Abu Dis, east of the occupied Palestinian city.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said that the society’s crews were able to provide first aid to nine Palestinians, who were shot with rubber-coated steel Israeli bullets to different parts of their bodies.

The PRCS also noted that twenty-two other cases were treated for suffocation, due to teargas inhalation, four others suffered burns, while three others suffered bruises.

Local sources and witnesses in Abu Dis, stated that dozens of Palestinian residents took to the streets, after the soldiers invaded the town, and that the Israeli army fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse them.

The PRCS added that among those affected by the tear gas inhalation were seven Palestinians from one family, after several tear gas canisters fell on their home, causing the home to partially burn.

The protest in Abu Dis comes as the occupied East Jerusalem has seen heightened Israeli troops presence, across the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem, over the past number of years.

The escalating crackdown on Palestinian civilians has included abductions, arrests, the demolition of civilian homes and restrictions on worshiping at the ancient Islamic shrine of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

All such practices are believed to be driven by Washington’s recognition of the entire Jerusalem area, including East Jerusalem, as the capital of Israel.