Dozens injured during West Bank rallies on Friday

[ 18/06/2011 – 07:16 AM ]

WEST BANK, (PIC)– Dozens sustained breathing difficulties and bruises after Palestinians held Friday weekly demonstrations against Israeli settlement construction and the apartheid wall in the West Bank.

Three protesters were reported injured and tens suffered the effects of breathing tear gas as clashes broke out in Bil’in village near Ramallah.

The Israeli army took post at the gates of the separation barrier erected in the village in order to hamper the march as protesters tried to cross the wall to their land behind it, said Ratib Abu Rahma, the media coordinator for the popular committee to resist the wall and settlement activity in Bil’in.

He said that when the marchers drew near to the soldiers, the army fired a barrage of stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets and sprayed them with waste water mixed with chemicals. Two men and an 11-year-old child were hit by gas canisters inflicting injuries. Vast areas of olive groves were also burned in the aftermath.

Also on Friday, Israeli occupation forces used batons leaving two Palestinians with bruises when cracking down on another march in Al-Ma’sara village near Bethlehem, a local anti-settlement committee source told the PIC.

In Beit Ummar, north of the West Bank city of Al-Khalil, the IOF fired gas canisters at mourners gathering for a funeral on the main street near the town.

The army blocked entry through the main gates and fired gas canisters at those gathered, resulting in fire breaking out on nearby farmland, sources said.

The attack was said to be an attempt to stop Palestinians from treading the main road of the town, as it is frequently used by Jewish settlers and the Israeli army.


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