Dozens of Palestinians injured in Israeli regime crackdown on protests
Tens of Palestinians were wounded as Israeli regime troops attacked several protests against the illegal Zionist settlements across the occupied West Bank on Friday.
According to reports, two Palestinians were hit by rubber bullets fired by the Israeli regime troops at a weekly anti-Zionist rally in the flashpoint town of Beita, south of Nablus. The Palestine Red Crescent ambulance service said 26 others suffered breathing difficulties due to inhaling tear gas fired by the Israeli forces.
Since May, Beita has seen intensified clashes between Israeli regime forces and Palestinians protesting against an illegal settlement outpost that has been recently established on Sobeih Mountain by the illegal Zionist settlers under the protection of the regime.
Zionist regime forces also fired rubber bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas at participants in an anti-settlement protest in Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya City. During the clashes, eight Palestinians were hit by rubber bullets, while scores of others suffered breathing difficulties from inhaling the toxic fumes.
Israeli troops also suppressed a protest against the illegal settlement expansion and illegal Zionist settlers’ ongoing attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the Umm al-Shaqhan Village — which is threatened with Israeli seizure — south of al-Khalil. The demonstrators stressed their determination to protect their land and to thwart Israel’s plots to expand settlements.
During the protest, a number of Palestinians and foreign activists as well as eight journalists were detained.
Zionist entity killed nine children in two months: UNICEF
In a report issued on Wednesday, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said nine Palestinian children had been martyred in the West Bank and al-Quds by the illegal Zionist entity in just two months.
“Tensions continue in the West Bank, including al-Quds. Nine Palestinian children were martyred between 7 May and 31 July, and 556 children were reported injured, including by live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, concussion grenades, and tear gas,” the UNICEF report said.
According to the report, at least 170 Palestinian children were detained in al-Quds during the same period.
The UNICEF said 2.5 million people, including 1.2 million children, living in the besieged Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including al-Quds, currently needed humanitarian assistance. It said the humanitarian situation had deteriorated recently with the rise of tensions in al-Quds, the Israeli aggression on Gaza in May, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.