Scores of Palestinians injured by Israeli occupation in West Bank

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WEST BANK, November 14 – Israeli occupation forces violently attacked on Friday several anti-occupation demonstrations across the occupied West Bank, injuring dozens of Palestinian citizens.

In Hebron, Israeli occupation soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at young Palestinian men in the Bab Al-Zawiya area, in the centre of the city.

Several young men were wounded as Israeli occupation troops atrociously suppressed a popular protest in Kafr Qaddoum village, to the east of Qalqilya.

Local sources reported that three citizens were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets and dozens others suffered breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli occupation soldiers at the weekly march.   

Kafr Qaddoum has recently witnessed a spike in night raids and ambushes by Israeli occupation forces in a bid to foil the weekly march, but the villagers insist on continuing their protests until achieving their goals.

For the tenth year in a row, residents of Kafr Qaddoum have been staging weekly demonstrations to demand the opening of their village’s main road, which has been closed for more than 17 years due to the illegal Israeli settlement expansion.

Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian citizens suffered breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces while brutally attacking an anti-settlement demonstration in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus.

Held on a weekly basis, the march is organised to protest the illegal settlement projects built on Palestinian land in the village.

Over the past two days, some villagers pitched a tent on a tract of land adjacent to the targeted area as an act of protest against illegal settlement activities.  

Israeli settlers re-erected tents and sheep pens on tracts of Palestinian land in Beit Dajan and levelled chunks of land and built roads to the northeast of the village from the outskirts of the illegal settlement of “Hamra”. 

Recently, Israeli settlers built an “agricultural” outpost on Palestinian land in Biet Dajan, consisting of five prefabricated houses and a sheep pen.

According to activists monitoring settlement activity, the Israeli settlers laid water pipelines to supply the new illegal outpost with water from the illegal settlement of “Alon Moriah” near the village and constructed a road of several kilometres after confiscating hundreds of dunums of Palestinian land.

Abdel Raham Hanini, head of Beit Dajan village council, said in previous statements that the Israeli occupation had confiscated thousands of dunums of agricultural Palestinian land in the village.

“There’s a real annexation of thousands of dunums of lands belonging to the town to the existing settlements or the new ones that might be constructed in the future,” Hanini concluded.