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Report: 56 wounded in Israel crackdown on Palestinians in Jordan Valley

February 26, 2020 at 11:10 am

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinians protesting Trump’s ‘peace deal’ in the Jordan Valley, West Bank on 25 February 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Some 56 people were wounded in an Israeli crackdown on Palestinians in the north of the occupied Jordan Velley in the northeast of the West Bank yesterday, the Palestinian Red Crescent said in a statement.

According to Anadolu, six of the wounded were shot with live ammunition and five were shot with rubber coated metal bullets and were admitted to hospitals.

Eight had suffered tear gas inhalation and needed medical treatment in hospital.

Palestinians gathered in the area in order to protest against the US “peace deal”, which gives the Israeli occupation the power to annex most of the occupied West Bank.

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Occupation forces prevented scores of demonstrators from reaching the protest sites, Anadolu reported.

This protest also came in the wake of the Israeli announcement about plans to build 46,000 settlement units in the occupied West Bank.

“This number will increase three times after the implementation of the deal of the century,” Israeli Minister of Construction and Housing Yifat Shasha Biton said in a statement.