Israeli forces attack anti-settlement Palestinian protesters in West Bank

Israeli forces have attacked Palestinian protesters who took to the streets in the occupied West Bank to condemn the regime’s settlement activities, which are illegal under international law.

Israeli forces attacked Palestinian worshipers at the al-Haram al-Ibrahimi (Ibrahimi Mosque) in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on Friday, using stun grenades and tear gas, leaving scores of them suffering from breathing difficulties due to inhaling tear gas.

Palestinians performed Friday noon prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque after the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) called on people to gather there to protect the holy site from Israeli seizure plans.

To the south of al-Khalil, dozens of Palestinians were injured when Israeli forces dispersed anti-settlement protesters in Yatta City.

The Palestinians were banned by the forces from performing Friday prayers in the Umm al-Shaqhan village, which is threatened with Israeli seizure, in Yatta.

Israeli troops also arrested five Palestinians and a pro-Palestine foreign activist during the attack.

Clashes also continued between the Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters in the flashpoint town of Beita, south of Nablus, on Friday.

The Palestine Red Crescent ambulance service said a Palestinian was hit by a tear gas canister.

Since May, the town has seen intensified clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians protesting against a settlement outpost that has been recently established on Sobeih Mountain by settlers under the protection of Israeli forces.

 

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