Israeli soldiers, on Monday, assaulted a number of Palestinians who took part in an olive tree planting event in the town of Beita, south of Nablus, said local sources.
Head of the Beita Municipality, Fuad Maâ€™ali, told WAFA that Israeli forces suppressed Palestinians participating in an event to plant olive trees in lands that are under the risk of confiscation by Israel.Â He said that Israel set up several caravans on land belonging to the residents of Beita.
A number of citizens suffocated when Israeli forces used tear gas to disperse the crowds.
Maâ€™ali said that the event was planned to express rejection of the settlement expansion policy, which aims to build illegal settlement units on the land of Beita, Qabalan, and Yitma villages to the south of Nablus.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.