Hundreds of Palestinian residents of the Negev desert have rallied for the fourth consecutive day to protest Israeli attempts to evict them from their lands.
The Bedouin protesters on Thursday clashed with security forces over an Israeli plan to relocate thousands of Palestinians in the region to other places and purportedly plant trees in the most contentious areas.
The peaceful protests were met by attacks with rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas and skunk water which caused several injuries and suffocation cases.
According to media reports, Israeli forces opened fire on the protesters, shooting one Palestinian in the head. Several Palestinians have been arrested over the course of previous days.
Most Bedouin communities in the south are not recognized by the Israeli regime. They are deprived of basic services such as water and electricity.
The Negev desert is historically inhabited by Arab tribes, socially related to the tribes of Sinai, the Arabian Peninsula and Jordan. The Palestinian Authority says Israel is committing crimes against Palestinians in the Negev region.
TV crew attacked by Israelis
Meanwhile, Israeli settlers attacked a Palestine TV crew returning from a filming assignment in the Jordan Valley.
They blocked roads east of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank and beat up the crew of three people while Israeli troops looked on.
This is not the first time Palestinians are attacked by Israeli settlers. They assail Palestinian commuters on the West Bank road with stones and other means on a daily basis, injuring people and damaging their vehicles. So far, no attacker has been arrested.
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