On Friday, April 14, 2023, dozens of Palestinians were injured after the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) brutally attacked the anti-occupation weekly protests in the West Bank.
The IOF troops opened fire and used excessive force against the unarmed protesters who were demonstrating against illegal settlement construction in Beita and Beit Dajan villages in Nablus.
Live ammunition and rubber bullets were heavily used to disperse the crowds.
At least 40 Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation during the protests. Journalists and medical crews were also targeted.
Similar clashes erupted in Qalqilia, where the IOF opened fire at a peaceful march in Kafr Qadum town.
Three locals suffered gunshot injuries during the attack, including a child, while dozens of teargas inhalation cases were reported.
Under international law, intentional lethal force is only justified in circumstances where a direct threat to life or serious injury is present.
However, investigations and evidence collected by rights groups regularly suggest that the IOF uses lethal force against Palestinian children in circumstances that may amount to extrajudicial or willful killings.