NABLUS, Friday, July 10, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation forces dispersed today dozens of non-violent protesters holding a non-violent protest against the Israeli colonial settlement construction, outside the village of Asira ash-Shamaliya, north of Nablus city in the occupied West Bank, said WAFA correspondent.
Soldiers fired teargas and rubber-coated rounds at Palestinians and international activists while they were demonstrating against the occupation authorities‘ plan to confiscate a Palestinian-owned land plot near the village, where illegal Israeli settlers recently set up two caravans apparently in a prelude to establish a new settlement outpost.
The protesters, who included local civilians and international peace activists, waved the flag of Palestine and chanted slogans that decried Israel‘s colonial activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory. They also performed the weekly Friday prayer at the land threatened with Israeli confiscation.
At least two protesters were injured, including the village‘s mayor, Hazem Yasin, who sustained fractures in the hand after being hit by a teargas canister. He was moved to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Israeli settlement activities in occupied Palestine are illegal in international law, and have been the subject of condemnations by the world countries over the past years.
The international community considers the establishment of Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories illegal on one of two bases: that they are in violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, or that they are in breach of international declarations.