Israeli forces attacked, on Friday, non-violent demonstrators in the northern West Bank village of Beita, southeast of Nablus, causing several injuries, according to medical sources.
Ahmed Jibril, director of ambulance and emergency at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Nablus, told the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) that the soldiers shot 2 young men with live rounds, one in the foot, the other in the knee. They were transferred to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus for medical treatment.
Jibril added that the army shot 7 protestors with rubber-coated steel rounds, including a journalist who was hit in the face, and a seventy-year-old man who was struck in the chest, in addition to 25 cases of tear gas inhalation injuries.
Quds News Network reported that Friday morning, Israeli bulldozers razed roads leading to Mount Sbeih, the site of the peaceful protests in Beita with the aim of obstructing protestors and ambulance crews from reaching the site.
For several months, local Palestinian youths have engaged in weekly non-violent protests to express their rejection of the Israeli occupation’s continued settlement expansion on private Palestinian lands.
Soldiers fired live rounds, tear gas canisters and concussion grenades at the youths, details of injuries were unclear at the time of this report.
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