82 Palestinians injured in Israeli raids in the West Bank
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said at least 82 Palestinian protesters were injured in raids by Israeli forces in and around the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.
The Palestinian Ma’an news agency quoted Ahmed Jibril, the director of the PRCS emergency and ambulance center in Nablus, as saying the injuries arose as a result of Israeli violence in the city and nearby villages on Friday. .
Jibril said Red Crescent workers treated the wound of a paramedic volunteer (pictured below) to the face with a tear gas canister, in addition to 15 cases of suffocation with tear gas in Beit Dajan.
They also treated four cases of gas suffocation and injuries following a fall on Jabal Sabih hill in Beita town. PRCS crews also treated one injured in Burin, in addition to 61 cases of gas inhalation in the village of Qaryut, south of Nablus.
For the past few months, violent clashes have taken place every week between the Israeli occupying forces and the Palestinians over the expansion of the Tel Aviv settlement into the Palestinian territories.
About 600,000 Israelis live in more than 230 settlements built since the 1967 occupation of Palestinian territories in the West Bank and eastern Al-Quds.
The Palestinians want the West Bank to be part of a future independent Palestinian state, with al-Quds East as its capital. The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was the continued expansion of Israeli settlements.
All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law because they are built on occupied land. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in several resolutions.