On Friday afternoon, Israeli troops attacked non-violent Palestinian-led peace marches in 4 separate villages in the Nablus area, in the northern West bank, wounding 28 civilians with both live and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Israeli forces invaded the towns of Hawara and Beita, south of Nablus, Burqa in the north, and Beit Dajan in the east.
The Director of the Emergency Center at the Red Crescent in Nablus, Ahmed Jibril, reported that at least 28 civilians were wounded by live and rubber-coated steel bullets fired by Israeli forces. Two of these injuries were young men who were hospitalized with live bullet wounds – one in the abdomen and one in the leg. Nine Palestinians were hospitalized with severe injuries resulting from rubber-coated steel bullets. Two Palestinian civilians were hospitalized from severe tear gas inhalation. In addition, 164 Palestinian civilians were treated by medics on site for tear gas inhalation in the towns of Beita, Hawara, Burqa and Beit Dajan.
In the town of Beit Dajan alone, two Palestinians suffered severe injuries from rubber-coated metal bullets, another Palestinian civilian was treated for burns due to being hit by a gas bomb, and 21 Palestinians were treated for tear gas inhalation.
In the town of Huwwara, Jibril stated that one young man was wounded by live bullets in the abdomen and another was wounded by a sound bomb that broke his leg. Two civilians were taken to an emergency center with severe tear gas inhalation symptoms, and 9 were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, two of whom were transferred to the hospital. In Hawara, 46 civilians were treated on-site for tear gas inhalation.
In the town of Beita, Jibril indicated that 5 rubber-coated metal bullet injuries were reported – including one international supporter who was injured, along with 4 Palestinians. 36 Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation, and 6 were burned when they were hit directly with tear gas canisters or concussion grenades.
In Burqa, 10 civilians were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets, one was injured by bullet fragments, and 51 suffered from tear gas inhalation.
The Israeli forces attacked the Palestinians while they were engaged in non-violent marches following Friday prayers, as they do each Friday afternoon. The Palestinians were protesting the Israeli annexation of Palestinian land by force.