NABLUS, Friday, June 11, 2021 (WAFA) – Eleven Palestinians today were injured by Israeli military live fire as Israeli forces quelled an anti-settlement rally in Beita town, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, according to WAFA correspondent.
He said that Israeli forces cracked down on a rally called for to protest the construction of a new colonial settlement atop Jabal Sbeih (Sbeih Mountain), near the town, hitting at least 11 participants with live ammunition, 16 others by rubber-coated pellets, while dozens others suffocated from teargas.
The casualties were rushed to hospitals in Nablus for urgent treatment, whereas the suffocation cases were treated at the scene.
The nonviolent rally was called for after a group of Israeli settlers set up over 20 mobile homes or caravans atop the mount as a prelude for taking over the complete mount and establishing a colonial outpost.
Issa Barham, in his 40s, and Zakaria Hamayel, 28, were killed and dozens of others were wounded by Israeli military gunfire in Beita in the month.
The number of settlers living in Jewish-only colonial settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law has jumped to over 700,000 and colonial settlement expansion has tripled since the signing of Oslo Accords in 1993.
Israel’s nation-state law, passed in July 2018, enshrines Jewish supremacy, and states that building and strengthening the colonial settlements is a “national interest.”