On Friday, 3 Palestinians were injured and dozens suffocated, during clashes that erupted in separate areas of the West Bank, in protest against Israeli settlement.
Local and medical sources told Anadolu Agency that “the army used metal bullets and tear gas to disperse weekly marches in separate locations, most notably the towns of Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya (north), and Beit Dajan and Beita in Nablus Governorate (north).”
In the town of Kafr Qaddum, the coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committees, Murad Shteiwi, said in a statement that reached Anadolu Agency that 3 young men were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets, and dozens suffocated, “as a result of the Israeli army’s suppression of the weekly Kafr Qaddum march, east of Qalqilya, in the northern West Bank.”
In turn, the Director of Ambulance and Emergency at the Palestine Red Crescent Society in Nablus Governorate, Ahmed Jibril, told Anadolu Agency that the Crescent crews dealt with 10 suffocation injuries, during the clashes that erupted in the vicinity of Jabal Sabih, in the town of Bita, south of Nablus, in the northern West Bank.
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Similar clashes also broke out in the town of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus. No injuries were reported.
And in the southern West Bank, the official Palestinian agency, Wafa, said, “The Israeli army assaulted anti-settlement activists, and arrested three foreign solidarity activists, during a solidarity tour they took in the Tel Rumeida area in the center of Hebron.”
Separate areas of the West Bank witness weekly activities rejecting settlement on the contact lines with the Israeli army, which disperses them and pursues demonstrators inside their villages and towns.
According to data from the Israeli human rights movement “Peace Now”, there are about 666,000 settlers in 145 settlements and 140 random outposts (unlicensed by the Israeli government) in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.