Four shot and others injured in peace march in Ma’sara

[ 30/10/2010 – 10:37 AM ]


BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Four activists were shot and others sustained breathing difficulties after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) suppressed a march in Al-Ma’sara on Friday. One activist was arrested in the incident.

Marchers from the south Bethlehem village of Al-Ma’sara headed out carrying Palestinian flags and banners, condemning massacres against the Palestinian people, to protest the separation wall and settlement activity.

The march marked the 54th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre and was also staged in support of the residents of the city of Umm al-Fahm, which was suppressed by Israeli police two days back.

Soldiers fired stun and gas grenades at marchers when they neared the wall. Four protesters were injured by rubber bullets and several others sustained breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas.

In a separate incident, one Palestinian man was injured noon Friday and dozens of others sustained breathing difficulties during clashes in the village of Bil’in between IOF troops on one side and Palestinian and international peace activists on the other.

Organized by the Popular Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlements in Bil’in, the march was attended by Norwegian MP Stine Renate, residents of Bil’in, and dozens of peace activists and foreign sympathizers.

Marchers headed for the wall, where an Israeli military force was waiting and fired stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets, and tear gas at them, injuring Samir Barnat in the shoulder with a tear gas grenade. Dozens of others suffered minor cases of suffocation on tear gas.

A march in Na’lin marking the 54th anniversary of the Kafr Qassem massacre was launched after Friday prayers attended by dozens of local and international activists from France, Norway, and more.

Marchers called for national unity raising the Palestinian flag and spread along the separation wall. Israeli soldiers fired gas and stun grenades, injuring a number of protesters.

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Four shot and others injured in peace march in Ma’sara.

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