Clashes Erupt as Israeli Forces Suppress Anti-Settlement Rally in Beita, Beit Dajan West of Nablus

Clashes broke out Friday afternoon as Israeli forces suppressed an anti-settlement rally in Beita town and Beit Dajan village, south and east of the West Bank city of Nablus.

In the town of Beita, south of Nablus, Israeli forces assaulted citizens taking part in the rally near Mount Sabih firing tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets.

Israeli soldiers also violently dispersed the participants in the rally east of Beit Dajan, to make room for Israeli colonial settlement construction.

Director of the Palestinian Red Crescent’s (PRC) Emergency Department in Nablus, Ahmad Jibril, said that one protestor was injured by a rubber-coated steel bullet and 14 others suffocated from tear gas inhalation atop the mount.

Jibril added that PRC medics provided treatment to seven protestors who suffocated from tear gas.

In almost a month, some eight Palestinians from the town were killed and over 620 others were injured while trying to oust the colonial settler outpost built atop Mount Sabih or Sbeih.

Israelis are constructing a new colonial settlement ‘Givat Eviatar’ on top of Mount Sabih (Jabal Sabih), near Beita, and seizing lands belonging to the villagers of Beita, Huwarra, and Za‘tara to inaugurate a new settler-only bypass road.

In addition to Mount Sabih, Israeli forces have erected another colonial settlement outpost atop Mount Al-Arma, north of Beita, a few months ago, as both mounts enjoy a strategic location as they overlook the Jordan Valley, a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River which makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.

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