Dozens of Palestinians injured as Israeli occupation quells West Bank protests

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WEST BANK, November 21 – Israeli occupation forces violently suppressed a number of anti-settlement marches on Friday in the occupied West Bank, injuring scores of Palestinian citizens.

Local sources reported that Israeli occupation soldiers atrociously beat a young man in the Old City in occupied Jerusalem before handcuffing and taking him to an unknown destination.

The moment Israeli occupation soldiers attacked the young man and threw him to the ground was captured on video by a Palestinian passerby.

Israeli occupation forces also issued fines to several Palestinian citizens near the Church of All Nations in occupied Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation troops kidnapped three young men at Beit Furik checkpoint, east of Nablus, according to eyewitnesses.

Israeli occupation troops, in addition, banned Palestinian citizens who were not residents of the surrounding villages from passing through the checkpoint, the eyewitnesses pointed out.

Kamal Bani Odeh, the director of the Prisoner Club in Tubas, said that Israeli occupation forces abducted Mohammed Elyan, a resident of al-Fara refugee camp in southern Nablus, at the military checkpoint.

A Palestinian citizen was injured and several others suffered breathing difficulties as Israeli occupation forces violently attacked a popular protest against the construction of a new illegal outpost in Ras al-Tin area in Kafr Malik village, east of Ramallah.

Local sources reported that Israeli occupation soldiers fired live rounds and tear gas canisters, injuring Abdullah Abu Rahma, the Director-General of Popular Resistance Committee against the Wall, with a gas bomb in his shoulder.

Palestinian paramedic Mohammed Hamed, 26, was abducted by Israeli occupation forces while providing first aid to the wounded demonstrators, the sources added.

In Hebron, Israeli occupation soldiers stationed at the entrance to Al-Shuhada street in the city centre shot and wounded a Palestinian child.

Local sources reported that a 15-year-old child suffered minor injuries after being hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his thigh.

Israeli occupation forces brutally quelled a weekly, popular march in Kafr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, injuring a young man and causing dozens others to suffocate.   

Murad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Resistance in Kafr Qaddum, said that Israeli occupation soldiers broke into the town after the Friday prayers and fired a hail of rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the peaceful protest.

A 20-year-old man was wounded after being shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head and was later taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Scores of citizens also suffered breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas and were given on-site medical assistance.

In Nablus, a number of Palestinian citizens suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces as they were cracking down on an anti-settlement demonstration held on lands threatened with confiscation in Beit Dajan village.

Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli occupation soldiers heavily fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at the peaceful protests, causing many of them to suffocate.

The demonstrators raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans calling for ending the Israeli occupation and removing the illegal settlement outposts built on vast swathes of their land.