Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Beta in the occupied West Bank to protest against illegal Israeli outposts nearby.

Medical personnel stated that during the protests against illegal Israeli settlements outposts, there were clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank’s Beta Flashpoint village, and more than 140 Palestinians were injured.

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

An Agence France-Presse reporter said that hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Beta, located in the northern West Bank of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, to protest against the illegal outpost Eviatar nearby.

Demonstrations against the illegal expansion of settlements on Palestinian land frequently occur in the area.

The Israeli army said, “In the past few hours, there has been riots in the Givat Eviatar outpost area south of Nablus.”

It said in a statement: “Hundreds of Palestinians threw stones at the Israel Defense Forces (Army) units, who responded by means of dispersing the riots,” adding that two “lightly wounded” soldiers had been sent to hospital.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said that 146 Palestinians were injured in the conflict, of which 9 were injured by live ammunition, 34 were hit by rubber bullets, and 87 were injured by tear gas.

Jewish settlers established the illegal Eviatar outpost in early May and built simple concrete houses and shacks within a few weeks.

The building ignored international and Israeli laws and triggered fierce protests from the Palestinians, who insisted that it was built on their land.

But after reaching an agreement with the new government of the nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, the settlers left the outpost on July 2 while the buildings they built were still under military guard.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense stated that it will study the area to assess whether it can be declared as state-owned land under Israeli law.

If this happens, Israel can authorize the construction of a religious school in Eviatar to provide housing for its staff and students.

About 475,000 Jewish settlers now live in the occupied West Bank, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

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