SHAFAQNA – At least 21 Palestinians have been injured in an attack by Israeli forces on a group of young Palestinian men in the northern part of the West Bank. Palestinian security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said more than 30 Israeli military jeeps entered the city of Nablus, about 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of al-Quds (Jerusalem), as they escorted some 1,500 Israelis from nearby illegal settlements into the city with the ostensible aim of visiting Joseph’s Tomb early on Friday.
Violence broke out when Palestinian youths protested. Israeli forces fired live and rubber-coated steel bullets as well as tear gas canisters and stun grenades to disperse the crowd, injuring 21 Palestinians in the process.
Israeli forces as well as settlers regularly engage in violence against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East al-Quds, in 1967.
Settlers, mostly armed, regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves and other properties in the West Bank in so-called price tag attacks, which are acts of vandalism and violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property as well as Islamic holy sites.
The Israeli settlements are considered illegal by much of the international community because the territories were captured by the Israeli regime in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.
Source : Press TV