At least two Palestinian women have been wounded in an attack by Israeli regime forces on a group of demonstrators near the city of Al - Khalil(Hebron) in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli soldiers also arrested three people in the protest, which was held in Um al-Kheir neighborhood, east of Al-Khalil on Saturday. The demonstrators were protesting against the regime’s illegal settlement expansion in the West Bank. The Tel Aviv regime continues expanding its illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, despite calls from the international community to stop the move. More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967. Israeli regime forces have also intensified arrests of and attacks against the Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks. In their latest assault, which occurred on July 3, Israeli soldiers killed Moataz Sharawna, a Palestinian youth, in the village of Dura near Al-Khalil after running over him with a military jeep. On July 1, Israeli forces also arrested Palestinian journalist and photographer Mohammad Waleed al-Azzeh after raiding his family’s house in Aida Refugee Camp, located north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Al-Azzeh’s family told Press TV that more than 30 Israeli soldiers entered the house and took him away after violently beating him. The Israeli military regularly raids the houses of Palestinians in the West Bank, arresting activists and civilians, mostly without any charges. Many Palestinians remain under detention in Israeli prisons. According to Israeli group, B’Tselem, more than 4,700 Palestinian prisoners, including about 170 administrative detainees, are currently held in Israeli prisons.