RAMALLAH, Israeli forces Friday afternoon cracked down on an anti-settlement protest in al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, according to local source.
Mayor of al-Mughayyir Amin Abu-Alya said that an Israeli military force violently dispersed the participants of the rally called for to defend Ras al-Tin area against being seized to make room for the construction of a new Israeli colonial settlement outpost, triggering confrontations.
Soldiers opened fire towards the participants as the latter reached the eastern entrance of al-Mughayyir on their way to Ras al-Tin area, which is part of the nearby village of Kafr Malik, hitting a 14-year-old teen with a live round in his abdomen and four other participants with rubber-coated steel bullets.
The teen was rushed to a Ramallah hospital, where medics described his condition as critical, while the other casualties were treated at the scene of confrontations.
Israeli settlers have recently commenced the construction of the new colonial settlement outpost in Ras al-Tin area, and prevented the villagers and shepherds from reaching the area.
Settlers are also attempting to demolish the school in the area, constructed with funding from the European Union, in preparation to force the Palestinian Bedouin community from this area.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)