Palestinian protesters wearing Santa Claus costumes wave during a protest against the apartheid wall and the illegal settlements outside Bil’in village, December 26, 2014 (Photo credit: STR/Flash90)

IOF attack weekly nonviolent protests in Bil’in and Ni’lin

PNN/Ramallah

 Every Friday nonviolent protests occur in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, in the district area of Ramallah.

This Friday, once again, the Israeli occupation forces invaded both protests and attacked the protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.

The Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Bil’in village has reported that Israeli soldiers used excessive force against them, once they fired dozens of gas bombs at the nonviolent protesters.

According to IMEMC, the Committee said the weekly protest started from the center of the village, where local residents, Israeli and international peace activists marched carrying Palestinian flags and pictures of slain Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, who was killed by the Israeli army on Wednesday December 10, 2014.

The Israeli soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets at the marchers, and invaded the western part of the village.

The Israeli attack led to clashes between some protesters and the Israeli soldiers, who fired gas bombs on them.

In Ni’lin village, the Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the illegal Israeli apartheid Wall and settlements, wounding five, while dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation

The Popular Committee in Ni’lin said the Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, and gas bombs, targeting the nonviolent protesters as they marched towards the isolated Palestinian lands and orchards, as reported by IMEMC.