Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, four Palestinians, including one who suffered life-threatening wounds, after dozens of residents held Friday prayers on lands Israel intends to illegally confiscate for its colonialist and military activities, in Orif village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Media sources in Nablus said the soldiers placed, on Friday morning, several sand hills in the eastern area of Orif village, to isolate large areas of Palestinian lands.
The Palestinians then headed to their lands, and performed Friday prayers there, to protest the Israeli violation and the theft of their lands and protested the army’s attempts to dig an agricultural road for the benefit of the illegal colonies.
The soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, wounding two Palestinians with live fire, including one who sustained a serious injury to his abdomen, and causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in charge of monitoring Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the army and the colonists are trying to illegally annex more lands in Orif.
He added that, on Thursday, the illegal colonialist settlers dug an agricultural road on private Palestinian lands, and on Friday, the soldiers and colonists started placing sand hills to prevent the villagers from entering them.
He added that this happened just hours after dozens of colonialist settlers protested on Palestinian lands, owned by villagers of Orif, and demanded the army to prevent the Palestinians from entering them.
It is worth mentioning that Israel is trying to annex more than 200 Dunams of Palestinian lands, located in Area B of the occupied West Bank, to expand its illegal colonies.
In preparation for the illegal measure, the Israeli army installed a military post on the Palestinian lands.
It is worth mentioning that many illegal colonists invaded Orif and Aseera al-Qibliya villages, Thursday, and attacked many Palestinian homes, before the villagers intercepted them and chased them away.
Israeli soldiers then invaded the two villages, and opened fire at the Palestinians.