At least 125 Palestinians have been wounded in violent attacks by Israeli forces after hundreds of Israeli settlers attempted to break into and raid a village near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.
42 Palestinians, including a local journalist, were injured by rubber-coated bullets and 83 others suffered breathing problems after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers in the village of Burqa, northwest of Nablus, on Thursday evening, the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) said.
The PRC said a girl was treated for shock after a group of violent Israeli settlers attacked her family’s home on the outskirts of the village, Wafa news agency reported.
Photos | More than 100 Palestinians got injured during confrontations between Palestinian youths and the Israeli occupation forces in the village of Burqa, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, today. pic.twitter.com/DlwYRIxWvI
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Under the protection of Israeli soldiers, the setters also attacked several vehicles, three houses, and a car wash belonging to Palestinians.
They also vandalized a number of gravestones in a cemetery in the village. Two ambulances were hit by Israeli troops with stun grenades and tear gas canisters.
Israeli settlers routinely engage in violence and vandalism against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
After the 1995 accords, the Israeli regime confiscated 1,014 dunams of land from the village of Burqa in order to establish the Israeli settlement of Homesh. The settlement was evacuated in 2005 but was later used by the Israelis as a military base.
Israeli settlers have been calling on the regime to let them return to the Homesh settlement
Two Palestinians were killed in the area by the regime’s forces on Tuesday and Wednesday as Israeli forces and settlers ramped up their violent attacks against Palestinians.
On Monday, 70 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces in Burqa after an attack by Israeli settlers on Palestinians’ vehicles in the area.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
All the settlements are illegal under international law. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.
Meanwhile, local sources said a Palestinian man was hospitalized on Thursday evening after being brutally beaten up by Israeli soldiers near the village of Bazariya, northwest of Nablus.
Mohammad Saleh Hajja, 50, was on his way home when the Israeli forces stopped, assaulted, and brutally beat him. He was then thrown on the side of the roads, the sources said.
Doctors at Thabet Thabet Public Hospital in Tulkarm, where he was taken afterward, said Hajja was in an unstable condition.