State of Palestine: Clashes and tear gas at protest against Israeli settlements

Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and a group of demonstrators who were protesting Israel’s annexation plans and the establishment of several caravans in the area, outside the town of Asira, north of Nablus, on Friday. Protesters who were carrying Palestinian flags were confronted by Israeli soldiers that blocked the road. Tensions escalated when Israeli forces charged at protesters and used tear gas against them. A demonstrator was seen pinned to the ground by a soldier. The secretary of the Fatah Movement in Nablus, Jihad Ramadan, said that protesters rallied to “deliver a message to the whole world that the Palestinian people, who face all this aggression, possess enough will to defend the land and its stability, and that we will win the will and this great national effort in Asira.” The Israeli government is planning to annex large areas of the occupied West Bank, a step which has been denounced by the United Nations, several European powers, and the Palestinian Authority, as well as human rights organisations, as being contrary to international law.

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