Foreign activists among casualties in Israeli forces’ quelling of WB peaceful marches

[ PIC 26/10/2013 – 08:39 AM ]


RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Citizens and foreign activists were treated for breathing difficulty after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used teargas to disperse peaceful marches in support of prisoners and Jerusalem in various West Bank areas on Friday.

Local sources said that IOF soldiers fired rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs, and teargas to break up a peaceful march for citizens of Nabi Saleh village in Ramallah.

They said that the citizens, accompanied by foreign solidarity activists, tried to reach their land, threatened with confiscation, in a bid to harvest their olive crops but were confronted with a shower of teargas and rubber bullets.

In Bilin village, a cameraman and a teenager were hit with rubber bullets when the soldiers fired at a demonstration heading to village land near to the racist, separation wall.

Locals said that cameraman Mohammed Yassin with hit with a bullet in his back while the teenager Abdulqader Abu Rahme was hit in his foot, adding that scores were treated for breathing problems due to the Israeli soldiers’ extensive use of teargas.

They said that vast tracts of cultivated land caught fire due to the IOF use of teargas, adding that Palestinian firefighters put down the blaze.

IOF soldiers quelled the weekly march against settlement activity and the racist, separation wall in Ma’sara village in Bethlehem.

Activist Hasan Breijeh said that the soldiers beat up the participants and tried to arrest a number of them.

Meanwhile, five youngsters aged 15 to 20 years old were slightly injured in confrontations in Beit Ummar village in Al-Khalil, Mohammed Awad, the coordinator of the village’s anti-wall committee, said.

He said that the soldiers fired teargas and sound bombs at a funeral causing suffocation among many participants.

Awad said that the soldiers deliberately fired teargas at citizens’ homes and a nearby school.

In another incident, Jewish settlers chopped down 30 olive trees in Hawara village, south of Nablus, on Friday.

Ghassan Daghlas, an anti-settlement activist, said that settlers from Yitzhar settlement cut off the fruitful trees in northern Hawara.

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