Occupation forces injure nine Palestinians in Beita


At least nine Palestinians were injured today by the Israeli occupation army during the weekly anti-occupation protest in the village of Beita, in the occupied West Bank province of Nablus, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC). Ahmad Jibril, a PRC spokesman, told WAFA that Israeli occupation soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated rounds and stun grenades at the protesters in Beita, injuring two of them by live fire and another seven by rubber-coated round. Many cases of suffocation from teargas inhalation were also reported. For near nearly nine months, Palestinians from Beita and neighboring villages have been holding almost daily protests against Israel’s construction of an illegal settlement outpost, Evaytar, on Jabal Sabih mount which is adjacent to the village. Several Palestinian protesters have been killed and dozens wounded by Israeli occupation forces during recurrent clashes over the past five months. In July last year, Israeli settlers vacated the illegal outpost under an agreement with the Israeli government that will allow for the outpost to remain intact and under permanent supervision of the Israeli occupation army, despite its unauthorized construction. Before leaving, the dozens of Zionist families who had settled there erected a 13-meter-high iron Star of David facing the nearby Palestinian village of Beita with the phrase "We will return" inscribed next to it.