14 arrested, several injured during West Bank protests

26/03/2011 – 08:00 AM

WEST BANK, (PIC)– Fourteen Palestinians have been arrested and several injured as Israeli occupation forces (IOF) cracked down on protests across the West Bank on Friday.

The IOF fired stun grenades and rubber bullets and sprayed waste water mixed with chemicals to suppress the weekly Bil’in march in Ramallah city.

Three Palestinians were left injured, and dozens suffered from the effects of breathing tear gas.

Three more Palestinians were injured, dozens sustained breathing difficulties and 14 were arrested, most of them foreign activists when the IOF suppressed a weekly march in Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah.

The soldiers assaulted and pepper-sprayed the activists, blocked the village entrance, enforced a security cordon and occupied several homes and facilities, turning them into military barracks.

In separate incidents, the IOF intercepted a weekly march in the village of Al-Ma’sara near Bethlehem as protesters progressed towards the separation wall.

Meanwhile in the East Jerusalem district of Silwan, dozens of Palestinians, including senior citizens, choked as Israeli soldiers fired toxic gas and tear gas.

Clashes erupted after Friday prayers in the Al-Bustan neighborhood and quickly spread to most communities across Silwan as Palestinians fought back with stones and Molotov cocktails without report of arrest.


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