Several Palestinians have sustained injuries when Israeli forces attacked a group of Palestinians staging a protest rally in the occupied West Bank over the Tel Aviv regime’s expansionist polices.
On Friday, dozens of Palestinians held a demonstration in the town of Silwad, located 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) northeast of Ramallah, on Friday afternoon to express their resentment with illegal Israeli settlements.
Violence erupted when Israeli soldiers stormed the gathering and fired tear gas canisters as well as live bullets at demonstrators to break up the protest. Young Palestinian men hurled stones and empty bottles at the Israeli troopers in return.
The Israeli forces also broke into dozens of homes in the occupied West Bank and violently searched them, causing excessive property damage.
Later in the day, Israeli military vehicles rolled into al-Jalazone Palestinian refugee camp, located 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) north of Ramallah, and used rounds of rubber-coated and live bullets as well as gas bombs to disperse a weekly protest.
Separately, six people were wounded when clashes broke out between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths in the occupied West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum, located 13 kilometers (8 miles) west of Nablus.
Palestinian medical sources said those injured included two children, three journalists and an international peace activist.
Also on Friday, scores of Palestinians staged a rally in the town of Ni’lin, located 17 kilometers (11 miles) west of Ramallah, to voice their outrage at illegal Israeli settlements as well as the construction of the separation wall which snakes across the occupied West Bank, isolating large swathes of Palestinian territories.
During his electoral campaign in March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed to press ahead with settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.
“We will continue to build in Jerusalem, we will add thousands of housing units … in the face of all the pressure,” Netanyahu stated.
Israel has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds over the past decades by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalm) in 1967.
Much of the international community regards the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were occupied by Israel in 1967, and they are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.