PRCS: 270 Palestinians injured by Israel in violent protest crackdown

Israeli forces fire teargas at Palestinians staging a protest in demand of the release of Former lawmaker at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Khalida Jarrar, in front of the Ofer Prison in Ramallah, West Bank on July 12, 2021 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces fire teargas at Palestinians staging a protest in demand of the release of Former lawmaker at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Khalida Jarrar, in front of the Ofer Prison in Ramallah, West Bank on July 12, 2021

At least 270 Palestinians have been wounded in a violent Israeli crackdown on protests in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the Palestine Red Crescent Society announced.

Seven Palestinian protesters were wounded with live bullets, and 50 others were injured with rubber-coated metal bullets.

The others were either suffocated by tear gas or fell as they were chased by Israeli soldiers, suffering broken limbs.

Israeli occupation forces have cracked down on Palestinians protesting the Israeli settlements in the village of Beita on the outskirts of Nablus.

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Other Palestinian protesters gathered in Beit Dajan, also in Nablus, and were violently dispersed by the Israeli occupation forces.

Every Friday, Palestinians organise marches and demonstrations in the occupied West Bank against illegal Israeli settlements and the Israeli apartheid wall.

Israeli and Palestinian estimates indicate that about 700,000 settlers live in 164 settlements and 116 outposts in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces attacked hundreds of Palestinians in Hebron’s neighbourhood of Beit Amer as they took part in the funeral of Palestinian youth Shawkat Awad, 20, who succumbed to wounds he sustained during Israeli attacks on protests.

(Source / 31.07.2021)

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