Israeli occupation forces attack West Bank peaceful marches

[ PIC 09/02/2013 – 10:29 AM ]

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RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) suppressed the West Bank’s peaceful weekly anti-apartheid wall and settlements marches, launched this week under the slogan of solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails.

A number of participants in the weekly march of the village of Ma’sara in the south of Bethlehem, on Friday afternoon, suffered suffocation as the IOF fired tear gas grenades at them during the clashes that broke out in the village.

The Israeli soldiers set up a checkpoint at the western entrance to the Ma’sara village, attacked the demonstrators and prevented them from reaching their confiscated agricultural lands.

Scores of citizens and foreign solidarity activists, who participated in the weekly march of Bil’in village, suffered breathing difficulty as the occupation forces suppressed the march. The occupation soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, stun grenades and gas at the demonstrators upon their arrival to Abu Lemon Reserve, adjacent to the apartheid wall.

Israeli troops also attacked the participants in Kafr Qaddoum’s weekly anti-settlement march, launched to protest at the closure of the village’s main road, which led to wounding three citizens and caused dozens of others to suffer breathing problems.

The Popular Resistance Movement in the village of Nabi Saleh said in a statement that the IOF attacked a number of citizens and foreign peace activists participating in the weekly march of the village that was launched from the Shouhada Square in protest at the settlement activity and the confiscation of land.

Meanwhile, IOF quelled the march, organized by residents of the area of Harayik at the southern entrance to the city of al-Khalil in the southern West Bank. Clashes erupted in the area and a number of citizens suffered suffocation, eyewitnesses told PIC.

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