Occupation forces injure 16 Palestinians in Beita, Beit Dajan


Several Palestinian protesters sustained injuries today during the weekly anti-occupation protests in the villages of Beita and Beit Dajan, in the occupied West Bank province of Nablus, according to medical sources. The Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) said five Palestinian protesters sustained injuries from rubber-coated rounds shot at them by the Israeli occupation army in Beita, including a journalist, all of whom were treated at the scene. In Beit Dajan village, about 11 protesters sustained suffocation from teargas fired at them by the Israeli occupation army. For near nearly 10 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.