Israeli forces injure dozens of Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank

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Dozens of Palestinians were injured after Israeli forces launched a violent crackdown on peaceful Palestinian protest rallies across the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces attacked an anti-settlement rally in the town of al-Tuwani, south of the southern West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron) on Friday evening, injuring dozens of Palestinian protesters, according to the report. a Palestinian official. Wafa News Agency reported, adding that several Palestinian activists were also arrested.

The report, citing the head of the village council, added that Israeli troops, in full gear, hit the protesters with rifle butts and opened fire on them, in addition to using tear gas against them.

A number of protesters sustained bruises and dozens more, including international activists, suffered breathing difficulties from inhaling tear gas.

The rally was held in protest against the expansion of the neighboring colonial settlement of Havat Maon to the detriment of villagers’ land in Shi’b al-Butum, the report added, adding that all victims were treated on the spot.

Al-Tuwani, about 14 kilometers south of al-Khalil, is made up of two hamlets and, along with Masafer Yatta, a group of about 19 hamlets, covers 37,500 acres and relies heavily on livestock as the main source of subsistence.

The entire area is located in Area C, which constitutes about 61% of the occupied West Bank and is under full Israeli administrative and military control. The area has been subjected to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and soldiers, targeting the villagers’ cattle, their main source of life.

Separately, on Friday, at least seven Palestinian protesters were injured when Israeli soldiers attacked two anti-settlement protests in the villages of Beita and Beit Dajan, in the West Bank city of Nablus, Wafa reported.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) in Nablus, two protesters were wounded by Israeli rubber bullets in Beita, while three others were wounded as they were pursued by Israeli soldiers in the village.

Dozens of other Palestinian protesters present at the rally also suffered breathing difficulties from inhaling tear gas.

In the village of Beit Dajan, two protesters were injured when they were hit by Israeli rubber bullets, while many more were suffocated by inhaling tear gas.

In addition, several Palestinians suffered breathing difficulties from tear gas inhalation on Friday when Israeli forces quelled a peaceful protest in the village of al-Mughayyir, east of the city of Ramallah, Wafa reported.

According to a member of the village council, Israeli soldiers opened fire on hundreds of people who participated in a protest rally against the ongoing closure of al-Mughayyir’s eastern entrance and in support of exposed Palestinian prisoners brutal ill-treatment during their detention by Israel.

Tensions have been high in the occupied territories for months because of Israel’s colonization activities and its plan to expel Palestinian families from their ancestral homes. Scores of Palestinians have been killed and dozens injured in the Israeli crackdown on protests so far this year.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in more than 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Al-Quds. All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law because they are built on occupied land. The United Nations Security Council has condemned Israel’s colonization activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

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