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Zionist forces clash with Palestinians in West Bank

Zionist forces have used force to disperse weekly anti-settlement protests in several areas across the occupied West Bank, leaving dozens of people injured.

Israeli forces attacked a peaceful anti-settlement rally in the village of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus City, on Friday.

The eastern part of the village is threatened with seizure by Israel.

Shehab News Agency quoted local sources as saying that a protester was injured by live rounds fired by the Israeli forces, while another was hit by rubber bullets.

Dozens of Palestinian people also suffered breathing difficulties due to inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops at the protesters.

Clashes also erupted between anti-settlement protesters and Israeli forces in the village of Deir Jarir, east of Ramallah City, on Friday. An unspecified number of people suffered breathing difficulties during the clashes.

Also on Friday, Israeli forces used rubber bullets against protesters in Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya City, leaving eight people injured. Tens of people also suffered breathing difficulties.

Israeli forces also attacked Palestinians who performed Friday prayers in an area threatened with seizure by Israel in the northern part of the West Bank. One of the worshipers was hit in his head with a tear gas canister and ten others suffered breathing difficulties in al-Marhat and al-Ras, west of Salfit City.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said in a statement on Friday that its medics dealt with 46 injuries in several areas across the occupied West Bank, including the village of Beit Dajan, the city of Salfit, the villages of al-Mughayyir and Ras Karkar in Ramallah Province, the village of Hamsa in the Jordan Valley, and the village of Kafr Qaddum.

According to the statement, one of the injured suffered a gunshot wound, while six others were hit by rubber bullets fired by Israeli troops at the protesters.

The 39 other injures were of Palestinians who suffered breathing difficulties due to inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces.

Palestinians take to the streets of the occupied West Bank every week to denounce Israel’s settlement expansion policy.

Separately, dozens of Palestinians suffered breathing difficulties due to inhaling tear gas while others were hit by rubber bullets in the village al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, south of Nablus, when they confronted settlers who stormed the village under the protection of Israeli forces on Friday.

To the north of Nablus, two Palestinian women were injured after settlers physically attacked them and threw stones at them near the former settlement of Homesh.

Earlier on Friday, a Palestinian man was killed and two others sustained injuries after an Israeli settler ran over them in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Emboldened by the anti-Palestine policies of former US president Donald Trump, Israel stepped up its settlement expansion in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which pronounces settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds “a flagrant violation under international law.”

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law as they are built on occupied land.

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