Attacks continue on Palestinians, foreign activists in Friday marches

[ 16/04/2011 – 10:36 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Dozens of Palestinian citizens and foreign activists in the villages of Bil’in, Ni’lin, Masara, Nabi Saleh, and Silwan district were either wounded or suffered tear gas suffocation when Israeli troops attacked them during their weekly marches.

Dozens of Palestinians and foreign activists suffered suffocation from tear gas and three were wounded when Israeli troops suppressed the anti-wall marches organized on Friday in Bil’in and Ni’lin, west of Ramallah city.

The protesters carried Palestinian flags and photos of the slain Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni.

Clashes also broke out after Friday prayers in Silwan district, south of the Aqsa Mosque, between Israeli troops and Palestinian young men who went on a march in solidarity with the Gaza Strip and Palestinian prisoners.

After finishing their prayers in Al-Bustan neighborhood, the Jerusalemite young men carrying Palestinian flags chanted slogans condemning the Israeli military aggression against Gaza and calling for releasing Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli troops and undercover units in Arabian clothing brutally attacked the young men who responded by throwing stones at them. A number of youths were wounded and suffered breathing difficulty from tear gas during the suppression.

In Nabi Saleh village north of Ramallah, the anti-wall protestors chanted slogans denouncing the killing of Italian activist Arrigoni and accusing Israel of murdering him.

After the arrival of the peaceful march at the village’s entrance, the protestors were surprisingly attacked by a large number of Israeli troops. A number of participating journalists were physically attacked by the troops.

South of Bethlehem city in Masara village, the Israeli occupation forces detained foreign activists in the weekly anti-wall march which was dedicated this Friday to commemorating the Palestinian prisoner day and condemning the murder of Arrigoni

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