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Dozens suffocate as Israeli forces crackdown on anti-settlement rally near Nablus

NABLUS, Friday, February 10, 2023 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Friday afternoon cracked down on anti-settlement rallies in Beit Dajan village, east of the West Bank city of Nablus, causing dozens to suffocate, according to medical sources.

Israeli forces used fatal violence to disperse a rally to defend Palestinian-owned land threatened with confiscation, east of the village, to make room for the construction of a new colonial settlement, showering them with concussion bombs and tear gas canisters.

Director of the Palestinian Red Crescent's (PRC) Emergency Department in Nablus, Ahmad Jibril, said that PRC provided treatment to scores of protestors for tear gas suffocation at the scene.

He added that the medics also treated another who sustained hand burns after being struck by a canister.

Palestinians across Historic Palestine have been rising up against decades of Israeli settler- colonialism and apartheid. The villagers of Beit Dajan have not only been protesting decades of Israeli oppression, but also intensified Israeli land pillage of their land.

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 800,000 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.”


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