Israeli occupation forces IOF quelled several Palestinian marches in the occupied West Bank, injuring dozens of protesters on Friday, February 17, 2023.
According to Palestinian local sources, the Israeli forces quelled protesters who took part in anti-settlement marches in the occupied West Bank cities of Qalqilia and Nablus.
In Nablus, The Israeli forces suppressed the weekly march of Beit Dajan, east of occupied Nablus. 5 protesters suffered tear gas inhalation as a result.
Meanwhile, a foreign activist, who took part in the protest, was hit with an Israeli tear gas canister in his hand, the sources added.
In addition, Israeli occupation forces invaded Qaryout village and fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at Palestinians.
Media sources said that dozens of Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation while three others were injured by rubber bullets,
In a related development, the IOF fired tear gas canisters at Palestinians in Kufr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia. Three protesters inflicted Israeli metal bullet injuries. Others suffered from breathing problems.
For 11 years, Palestinians in Kufr Qaddoum have been organizing activities and marches against Israel’s closure of the town’s main entrance.
Israeli occupation forces attacked the anti-settlement march of Beita, occupied Nablus. They also fired tear gas canisters at protesters, causing breathing problems to several.
On Fridays, Palestinians in several parts of the occupied West Bank join in anti-settlement marches to protest against the Israeli settlements’ expansion, which swallowed mass areas of their lands.
The right-wing Israeli new government aims at expanding settlement in the occupied West Bank, which Palestinians reject and protest against. The new government has announced multiple settlement projects since the start of 2023.