Maan News Agency | Aug 16, 2013
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of protesters on Friday were lightly injured in demonstrations across the occupied West Bank in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
In Bilin’s weekly march, dozens of Palestinian and international activists suffered tear-gas inhalation as they marched to protest Israeli settlements, the wall, and in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners.
Protesters raised Palestinian flags and marched across the village chanting for national unity, and in support of prisoners.
Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades at the protesters who were nearing their lands close to the wall.
Dozens suffered tear gas inhalation in clashes in Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya between Israeli forces and demonstrators who protested settlement building and demanded the opening of the main road in the village which was closed since 2003.
Israeli forces raided the village and used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the protesters, leaving dozens lightly injured. They were treated on the spot.
A spokesman for the demonstrators, Murad Eshtewi, said that the Israeli forces changed their way of dispersing protesters. He says they try to push protesters into narrow alleys between houses and target them with tear gas.
In al-Maasara near Bethlehem dozens suffered tear-gas inhalation in clashes between Israeli forces and protesters.
The coordinator for the popular committee against the wall, Hassan Brejia, told Ma’an that Israeli forces attacked the demonstrators who marched to mark the anniversary of Tel al-Zaatar massacre. He added that they assaulted reporter Abdulrahman Younis Ubiat, and detained him for a short while before releasing him.
In Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, dozens of activists suffered tear-gas inhalation as they marched toward the confiscated land of the village and the guard tower to protest settlements and express their joy for the release of veteran Palestinian prisoners.