Dozens of Palestinians injured in anti-settlement protests in West Bank


Dozens of Palestinians participating in anti-settlement protests in the occupied West Bank have been injured by Israeli forces.

The Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service said on Friday that five Palestinian protesters were hit by rubber bullets during clashes with Israeli forces in the village of Burqa and the town of Beita in Nablus province on Friday.

According to the report, 43 other Palestinians suffered breathing difficulties as a result of inhaling tear gas used by Israeli troops to disperse anti-settlement protests in Burqa, Beita and the village of Beit Dajan in Nablus.

Three other protesters suffered different injuries during clashes in the West Bank province.

Since May, Beita has seen increased clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians protesting against a settlement outpost established on Mount Sobeih by settlers under the protection of Israeli forces.

In the village of Kafr Qaddum, east of the West Bank town of Qalqilya, six Palestinians who took part in the weekly anti-settlement protests on Friday were hit by rubber bullets and dozens more suffered breathing difficulties as a result. tear gas used by Israeli troops. against the demonstrators.

Meanwhile, clashes also erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the town of Azzun, east of Qalqilya, on Friday.

During the clashes, an 18-year-old Palestinian was injured by live ammunition fired by Israeli forces, which also used tear gas, rubber bullets and sound bombs against Palestinians.

Also on Friday, dozens of Palestinians suffered breathing difficulties as a result of inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops who stormed the Bab al-Zawiya area in the West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron). ).

Israeli army, settlers to pay price for incitement to violence, Hamas says

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas warned on Friday that the Israeli army and settlers would pay the price for escalating settler violence against Palestinians after an Israeli settler overthrew a 63-year-old woman near the town of Sinjil , northeast of the West Bank city of Ramallah, earlier today.

“The rise of settler terrorism against our people in the occupied West Bank will be met with an escalation in the act of resistance,” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said on Friday. “The [Israeli] the occupying army and its settlers will pay the price for these crimes.

Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip – territories the Palestinians want for a future state – during the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War in 1967. It then had to withdraw from Gaza. More than 600,000 Israelis live in more than 230 settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank. All settlements are illegal under international law. The United Nations Security Council has condemned settlement activity in several resolutions.


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