Graffiti sprayed on West Bank mosque
Demonstrations lead to injuries of Palestinians, Israelis
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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Demonstrations broke out in three villages in the West Bank after graffiti insulting the Prophet Mohammed was sprayed on a mosque.
Palestinian security sources said seven people were wounded in Sunday's protests.
The Israel Defense Forces said one of the demonstrations, in Azzun, turned violent. Dozens of demonstrators threw blocks at soldiers, who then fired into the crowd, aiming at the legs of those throwing blocks, and likely wounded two Palestinians, the Israeli military said.
Demonstrators also threw rocks at Israelis driving in the area; Israeli medical sources said two Israelis were wounded.
It was not known who sprayed the graffiti on the mosque in Nabi Eliyas, near the town of Qalqilya in the central West Bank.
Israeli military sources said the graffiti, in Hebrew, read: "Mohammed is a pig." The Israeli Civil Administration and army troops erased the graffiti.
The military is investigating.
Palestinian security sources said the protests were linked to the graffiti. They followed many days of protests in the West Bank and much of the Arab world over caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper and re-published by other newspapers.
The three sites of Sunday's protests in the West Bank were near Qalqilya. Two of them -- those in Nabi Eliyas and al-Funduq, soon dispersed. But the one in Azzun continued into the evening.
After Israel pulled out of Gaza last year, Palestinians burned down a synagogue.
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