At least 16 Palestinians were injured today as Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse a protest in the occupied West Bank, eyewitnesses said.

Iran Press/Middle East: The protest was held against Israeli settlements in Deir Jarir, Ramallah city.

The Israeli army used a drone to throw dozens of tear gas canisters at the protesters.

On December 23, Israeli settlers began establishing a settlement outpost in the Sharafat mountain area in the village of Deir Jarir by installing equipment and tents on the top of the mountain under the protection of the Israeli armed forces.

Over 400,000 Israeli settlers currently live in more than 250 illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

International law views both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Israeli settlement-building activities there as illegal.