Dozens injured as IOF suppresses West Bank demonstrations

[ 13/08/2011 – 10:05 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces used tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets to suppress unarmed demonstrations across the West Bank on Friday.

IOF soldiers fired a volley of tear gas at a symbolic tent at the forefront of a march in Nabi Saleh condemning the Israeli occupation and demanding freedom and the ouster of the Jewish settlers.

Massive reinforcements were deployed to the village that shut off the three main entrances and declared over a loudspeaker the village a closed military zone, and that anyone who tried to break the siege would be penalized.

Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinians and pro-Palestinian supporters sustained severe breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas fired at them while taking part in an anti-apartheid wall and anti-settlement march in Bil’in.

IOF soldiers fired tear gas at the marchers as they neared liberated lands near the new apartheid wall, causing many to choke after inhaling tear gas.

Among those who took part in the march, organized by the local anti-settlement committee, were peace activists and foreign pro-Palestinians.

In Ma’sara village, three young men sustained bruises and injuries after IOF soldiers attacked a weekly anti-settlement march held there.

Sources said the young men were attacked while advancing to territories where the apartheid wall has been erected.


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