State of Palestine: Scuffles as Friday prayer-turned-protest slams Israeli annexation plans in West Bank

Tensions were running high as dozens of Palestinian protesters faced off with Israeli soldiers in the town of Haris in Salfit governorate in the West Bank on Friday, after being prevented from accessing their lands, which are threatened by Israeli annexation, for fourteen weeks in a row. Footage showed the protesters trying to access their lands for the Friday prayer, before being prevented by Israeli soldiers, who were stationed at a barrier on the western outskirts of the town, which led to minor clashes. The lands of the town of Haris are threatened by Israeli annexation in favour of the expansion of the nearby settlement of Rafafa. The National Office for Land Defence and Settlement Resistance, affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has confirmed that the Israeli settlement expansion scheme has not been removed from the Israeli government's agenda. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly said that the peace deal with UAE, does not oblige Israel to give up its annexation plans to areas in the occupied West Bank, and stressed that the implementation of the annexation plan will be carried out with American support.

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