Hundreds of Palestinians injured by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank
About 250 Palestinians have been injured after Israeli forces attacked protesters near the city of Nablus in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
On Saturday, the Israeli troops attacked the Palestinians protesting a shutdown imposed by the forces on the entrance to the village of Burqa in the area.
The Israeli troops confronted the protesters with live rounds and rubber-coated bullets. They also deployed stun grenades and teargas canisters to disperse the Palestinians. A total of 247 Palestinians were injured as a result.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, at least 10 people among the protesters were hit by live fire.
The shutdown had been imposed on Friday as the Israeli army reinforced its presence in the Nablus-Jenin road to secure dozens of buses packed with Israeli settlers.
The Israeli regime occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip — territories the Palestinians want for a future state — during the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War in 1967. It later had to withdraw from Gaza, but began enforcing an all-out siege on the territory.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank.
All the settlements are illegal under international law. The United Nations Security Council has condemned the settlement activities in several resolutions.