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Over 140 Palestinians, 2 soldiers injured in West Bank clashes

Nine Palestinians reported hurt by live fire, and two troops hospitalized with light injuries during riots over evacuated Evyatar outpost

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest in the  northern West Bank on July 23, 2021. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest in the northern West Bank on July 23, 2021. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

BEITA, West Bank — More than 140 Palestinians were hurt Friday in clashes with Israeli troops in the flashpoint West Bank village of Beita, medics said, during protests against an illegal Israeli settlement outpost, including nine people injured by live fire.

The Israeli army said two soldiers were also “lightly injured” in the violence.

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Beita in the northern West Bank to protest against the nearby outpost of Evyatar, an AFP correspondent said.

The area has seen regular demonstrations against settlement expansion on Palestinian land.

The Israeli army said that “over the last several hours, a riot was instigated in the area of Givat Evyatar outpost, south of Nablus.”

“Hundreds of Palestinians hurled rocks at IDF troops, who responded with riot dispersal means,” it said in a statement, adding that the two lightly injured soldiers were taken to a hospital.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said 146 Palestinians were hurt during the clashes, including nine by live fire, 34 by rubber-coated bullets and 87 by tear gas.

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest in the northern West Bank on July 23, 2021. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

Jewish settlers set up the Evyatar outpost in early May, building rudimentary concrete homes and shacks in a matter of weeks.

The construction came in defiance of both international and Israeli law, and sparked fierce protests from Palestinians who insisted it was being built on their land.

But following a deal struck with nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s new government, the settlers left the outpost on July 2, while the structures they had built were to remain under army guard.

Israeli soldiers and settlers look toward the Palestinian village of Beita before evacuating the newly-established wildcat outpost of Evyatar near the northern Palestinian city of Nablus in the West Bank, on July 2, 2021 (Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)

Israel’s defense ministry said it would study the area to assess whether any part of the outpost could, under Israeli law, be declared state land.

Should that happen, Israel could then authorize a religious school to be built at Evyatar, with residences for its staff and students.

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