Israeli soldiers attacked two weekly nonviolent protests yesterday afternoon: in Kufur Qaddoum and in Bil’in.
Kufur Qaddoum is located in the northern area of Qalqilia. The local Popular Committee stated that the israeli soldiers surrounded the town, while sharpshooters topped a number of homes, preventing the protesters from marching towards their orchards and lands. They fired several live rounds, and rubber-coated steel bullet; no injuries were reported.
After the interruption of the protest, clashes started and the israeli soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets; medics provided a few residents the needed treatment for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
In the Bil’in village, israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and Settlements, near Ramallah, wounding four people.
According to the International Middle East Media Center, the protesters, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, marched from the center of Bil’in, marking the Universal Children’s Day, and demanding protection to the Palestinian people, living under illegal Israeli occupation, especially the children as they are frequently targeted by the soldiers.
IMEMC also stated that, “as the protesters marched, chanting against the occupation, the illegal colonies, the Apartheid Wall and the ongoing Israeli military escalation, the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at them when they reached Palestinian orchards in the ath-Thaher area”.
Clashes took place between the israeli soldiers and local youths in the village; medical sources said four protesters were injured, and many suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.