Israeli occupation forces IOF attacked a Palestinian anti-settlement protest in Masafer Yatta, south of occupied Hebron on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
Rateb Al-Jbour, coordinator of a local popular committee in the Hebron area, reported that IOF fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinian protesters.
Activist Al-Jbour pointed out that dozens of Palestinians took part in a protest in Masafer Yatta to denounce the Israeli settlement expansion.
In addition, he said that IOF attacked Palestinian journalists and impeded their arrival at the protest place in Masafer Yatta.
Israeli occupation forces and settlers escalated their attacks against Palestinian families, lands, and properties in Masafer Yatta.
Under international law, all Israeli settlement activities in occupied Palestine are illegal. However, the Israeli new government has settlement expansion at the top of its priorities.
According to UN reports, the number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank had grown from 520,000 to over 700,000 during the past decade.