Dozens of injuries during protests against occupation

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Dozens of people across the West Bank were injured on Friday by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) who used bullets and gas during its suppression of the weekly protests that started on the 11 anniversary of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice in the Hague on the aggressions on Gaza.

Dozens wounded by tear gas in Bil’in weekly protest

Several people suffered from suffocation after the IOF used tear gas on demonstrators in Bi’in this week. The demonstrators marked the anniversary of the eleventh advisory opinion of The Hague for the anniversary of the aggression on Gaza. Clashes erupted between demonstrators and Israeli soldiers after the march turned into a mass rally from the centre of the village after Friday prayers.

The demonstrators raised Palestinian flags and pictures of Abu Mohammed Khdeir, who was kidnapped and burnt to death last summer. They condemned the Israeli violations committed during the last assault on Gaza and demanded the implementation of the decisions made by the advisory opinion of The Hague concerning the wall. Several international and Israeli peace activists participated in the march.

The advisory opinion stipulates that there must be a halt in the construction of the separation wall and the destruction of what has been built as well as paying reparations for the damage it has caused. The Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bil’in called for the actions of the international community, especially countries signatory to the Geneva Convention, to put pressure on Israel and impose sanctions in order to respond to international resolutions. The Committee also expressed its solidarity for and sympathy with the people of Gaza on the one year anniversary of the Israeli assault on Gaza, demanding the prosecution of Israeli war criminals who caused the killing of civilians including children, women and the elderly, and the destruction of schools, hospitals and homes.

Boy injured by live ammunition and dozens suffered from suffocation during a weekly protest in Kafr Qaddum west of Nablus.

17-year-old Amjad Abu Khalid Farooq was shot in the leg by a rubber bullet during a peaceful protest against the occupation and settlements yesterday. The demonstrators also demanded the opening of the village street, which has been closed for 13 years. Farooq was transported to Rafidia Hospital for treatment.

According to the Popular Resistance Coordinator Murad Shtiwi, a large force of Israeli soldiers attacked demonstrators yesterday using live bullets and rubber bullets after the discovery of a group of young men waiting to ambush the soldiers.

The IOF closed the entrance to the village and erected military checkpoints, and declared the area a closed military zone to prevent journalists and peace activists from entering.

Demonstrators suffocated during peaceful march in Nabi Saleh

Dozens were injured when the IOF used tear gas yesterday during a peaceful weekly protest. The participants called for the end of the occupation and for the international community to end its relations with Israel. According to the Palestinian Popular Resistance Movement in Nabi Saleh, the IOF fired tear gas canisters, live ammunition and rubber-coated bullets towards the demonstrators.