IOF cracks down on fresh West Bank protests

[ 04/06/2011 – 11:10 AM ]

WEST BANK, (PIC)– Dozens of Palestinians and pro-Palestinian activists from abroad sustained breathing difficulties on Friday after the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) cracked down on marches across the West Bank.

The marches held weekly in Bil’in and Ni’lin near Ramallah and Al-Ma’sara in Bethlehem province condemned illegal Jewish settlement activity in the occupied West Bank as well as the apartheid barrier in those areas. The activities also came to mark the 44th Naksa Day anniversary, referring to Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967.

Two activists from England among dozens more are reported to have choked on tear gas after the IOF fired a barrage of bullets and gas canisters at marchers in Ni’lin.

In Bil’in, the IOF fired stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets, and gas canisters, and sprayed down protesters with waste water mixed with chemicals, injuring Iranian television correspondent Khalid Sabarina, 42, in the leg and Yousef Isse Abu Rahma, 41. Tens more Palestinians experienced severe vomiting and breathing difficulties in the aftermath, and olive groves along the local separation barrier were left burned.

The IOF also formed a security cordon on Al-Ma’sara after using their hands to assault demonstrators there and block them from reaching private land owned by some of the protesters on the other side of the partition.

Separately, Palestinian youths hurled stones and burned automobile tires as IOF soldiers showered them with gunfire in clashes that broke out in Nabi Saleh village without report of injury.

Also, thousands of Palestinians were forced to offer Friday prayers on the streets of Jerusalem after Israeli police closed Al-Aqsa Mosque to Palestinians under 45 years.

In nearby Silwan, the IOF declared a closed military zone and barred entry to reporters and ambulances after clashes erupted with tens of youths.

Meanwhile, more clashes took place in Jerusalem’s Al-Bustan district, but no injuries have been reported.


Live updates and pictures which were collected during the demo in Nabi Saleh June 3, 2011 :
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