Occupation Army Attacks, Injures Dozens of Palestinians, Detains 3, Near Hebron


Israeli forces attacked, on Saturday, non-violent Palestinian protestors in Tarqumiyah town, northwest of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, injuring dozens, and detaining 3, local sources reported.

Suleiman Jaafara, a member of the “Land Defense Committee”, told the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) that one young man was shot and injured with a live round, and a photojournalist, identified as Abdel Hafeez al-Hashlamoun was shot directly in the head with a concussion grenade.

Jaafara added that dozens of others suffered the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation when the occupation army suppressed the peaceful demonstration to express the rejection of the occupation’s plan to expropriate 600 dunams of Palestinian-owned lands in the “Al-Harash” area of the town.

Palestinian locals were trying to rehabilitate the land as illegal Israeli colonists arrived under the full protection of the army, which led to verbal confrontations. Subsequently, soldiers detained three Palestinian young men from the area.

Videos show occupation soldiers assaulting a number of Palestinian civilians, including one who received a critical head injury, identified as Husam Ali Fatafta.

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Critically injured Husam Ali Fatafta – Eye on Palestine

The soldiers declared the area a ‘closed military zone’ and forced the residents off the land, which is under the threat of illegal expropriation by the occupation state of Israel.

Recently, ten Palestinian citizens received notices to abandon their homes and farmlands, which it claims is “state property” in order to expand the illegal colonies of “Telem” and “Adora”.

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The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement denouncing the attack on civilians defending their lands, and held the Israeli government responsible for the settler attacks and suppression of the peaceful protest.

The Ministry added that, “the occupation confiscates the lands of Palestinian citizens, and abuses them to rob them of their will to defend it.”

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Sources: WAFA, Quds Press, WAFA

Photo: Mussa Qawasma – Reuters

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