More than 130 Palestinians were injured this Friday in clashes with Israeli police near Nablus and in Jerusalem, in protests against an Israeli settlement in the village of Beita and in a demonstration against the displacement of Palestinians in the capital’s neighborhoods.
Palestinian Red Crescent Emergency Department director Ahmad Jibril has reported that health workers have evacuated 16 Palestinians wounded by Israeli army live ammunition; 20 injured by rubber bullets; four because they were hit; and 73 from tear gas inhalation, all in the Beita area, reports the Palestinian agency Wafa.
These rallies are held by Palestinian citizens in the cities of Beita, Yatma and Qabalan south of Nablus to protest against the construction of a new settlement on Mount Sbeih.
The demonstration came after a group of Israelis installed more than 20 mobile homes at the summit. The Palestinian media has highlighted that the number of Israelis living in settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank has risen to over 700,000, and that the size of these settlements has tripled since the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993.
Similarly, at least 19 Palestinians were injured by the Israeli army while breaking up a march on the edge of a neighborhood in Jerusalem.
The rally was held as a protest against the evictions of dozens of Palestinian families from their homes in the Batn al Hawa, Silwan and Sheikh Jarrá neighborhoods where the clashes took place.
The PRC reported that their doctors helped the wounded who suffered the effects of stun grenades and police beatings. One of them is in serious condition and has been hospitalized.
According to a WAFA correspondent, the rally began at the entrance to Sheikh Jarrá neighborhood and went through Lions Gate and Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan neighborhood, where it eventually dispersed.
He also denounced that the police attacked journalists and cameramen from Palestina TV and destroyed one of their cameras.