Dozens injured as IOF cracked down on West Bank marches

[ 10/09/2011 – 08:40 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces suppressed anti-wall marches in the West Bank, using teargas and rubber bullets, causing dozens of Palestinians and pro-Palestinian activists to suffer breathing difficulties.

Locals held the Friday prayer near the portion of the apartheid wall in Ni’lin town in Ramallah district. The speaker stressed the importance of curbing Jewish settler violations, the latest being an attack on Beirzeit mosque earlier that morning.

Protesters then proceeded towards the apartheid wall waving Palestinian and Turkish flags and chanting slogans against the Israeli occupation.

Ahed al-Khawaja, the coordinator for a popular campaign against the apartheid wall in Ramallah, called for making a clear strategy including all Palestinians to address the recent string of attacks by Jews on the Muslim holy sites.

In Bil’in, IOF soldiers shot rubber-coated bullets and teargas at marchers who arrived at the liberated lands near a portion of the apartheid wall there. Witnesses said smoke bombs caused burning of massive areas of olive groves.

Meanwhile, to the south of Jerusalem in Ma’sara, protesters suffered the effects of breathing teargas and others were arrested after IOF troops cracked down on marches there as well.

The coordinator of the local popular anti-wall committee Mahmoud Zawahira said the IOF troops suppressed the march when marchers arrived at the apartheid wall, and fired a barrage of teargas canisters and battered some of them using fists, causing several injuries.

Violent clashes erupted between the forces and youths, the source added.


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