Israeli forces attacked, on Friday, three separate anti-settlement protests in the occupied West Bank, assaulted a Palestinian journalist, and caused dozens of injuries, local sources reported.
In the northwestern part of the occupied West Bank, occupation forces attacked the weekly anti-settlement procession in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, causing dozens of injuries.
According the media spokesperson of the Fateh movement in Kufur Qaddoum, Morad Eshteiwi, occupation forces stormed the village and fired tear gas canisters at the non-violent demonstrators.
He added that dozens of Palestinian citizens suffered the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation. They were all treated by local medics on site.
As always, the peaceful procession began after the Friday noon prayer at the local Omar bin Al-Khattab Mosque, while hundreds of participants marched to the main entrance to the town, chanting slogans denouncing the ongoing crimes of the occupation.
Israeli colonists from the nearby illegal “Kedumin” settlement, established on expropriated Palestinian lands, have full access to the street, while Palestinians are forced to take longer routes east to Nablus city, the nearest major commercial center, prolonging travel time and causing undue hardship.
Palestinian villagers from Kufur Qaddoum and the surrounding areas, have rallied every Friday since 2003 demanding that the Israeli occupation authorities reopen the road.
In the northern region of the West Bank, Israeli forces attacked peaceful protestors at the weekly anti-settlement rally in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus.
After the Friday noon prayer, demonstrators marched while carrying the Palestinian flag, and repeating slogans against the Israeli regime, before soldiers fired concussion grenades and tear gas canisters at them.
Soldiers assaulted a Palestinian journalist, identified as Muhammad Abu Thabet, while he was attempting to provide coverage for the march.
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Additionally, an elderly Palestinian man was knocked to the ground by occupation forces during the ensuing confrontations. No other injuries were reported.
Local Palestinians have assembled every Friday in Beit Dajan to denounce the continued settlement schemes in the occupied West Bank.
In Beita town, south of Nablus, local Palestinian youths burned rubber tires near Jabal (Mount) Sbeih, to express their rejection of the illegal Israeli outpost erected on the mountain near the town.
Meanwhile, in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli occupation forces attacked a peaceful protest in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, assaulting Palestinians and foreign activists, detaining one unidentified Palestinian after assaulting him.
Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem are frequently forced out of their homes and many are under threat of displacement due to the policies of the Israeli occupation authorities.