250+ Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces during protest against illegal West Bank settlements (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Hundreds of Palestinians gathered on Friday in the town of Beit Ummar, northwest of Hebron, to mourn the death of a protester who had been killed by the military a day before.
Shawkat Awad, 20, was shot in the head and abdomen on Thursday during clashes that erupted after the funeral of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy killed by Israeli troops earlier in the week. The mourners carried Awad’s body through the town, with the funeral procession spiraling into new clashes with Israeli soldiers.
Footage from the scene showed several Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli armored vehicles, in addition to what appeared to be a small petrol bomb, while the military deployed tear gas and fired riot control rounds into the crowd.
Clashes also erupted at the village of Beita, near Nablus, in the northern West Bank. The town has seen numerous protests since May, when illegal Israeli settlers moved in and started setting up homes and building a road on a disputed stretch of land.
نحو 200 إصابة بينهم 26 بالرصاص خلال مواجهات مع قوات الاحتلال بمحيط جبل صبيح في بيتا جنوب نابلس. pic.twitter.com/gbi88dalDM— Iyad Drimly (@abualsaher) July 30, 2021
Images circulating online showed dozens of Palestinians using slingshots to hurl rocks at the Israeli military as burning tires let off thick clouds of black smoke – apparently, an effort to conceal themselves from the Israeli troops seen shooting at protesters.
The clashes left around 270 Palestinians injured across the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. While the majority of the victims were exposed to tear gas, around 50 were injured by supposedly less lethal rubber-coated bullets, while another seven reportedly suffered wounds as the result of live fire, the Red Crescent told the AFP news agency.
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