Protest in Bil'in village. Photo By Mohammed Yasin.

Friday demonstrations suppressed by the IOF


Clashes erupted between young Palestinians and the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) across the occupied West Bank during this week’s Friday demonstrations, leaving several wounded and many others suffered from the tear gas effects.

Near Ofer Israeli detention center and military base, in the Ramallah district, the IOF assaulted dozens of Palestinians and fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs, while local youths throw stones and empty bottles at them.

According to local sources, several journalists also suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs directly at them.

Several other Palestinians have also been injured by Israeli soldiers after they used excessive force against them at the weekly nonviolent protests in Kafr Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia,  in Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah and in Bil’in village, near Ramallah.

In Karf Qaddoum, the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies stated that the local population marched from the center of the village demanding the IOF to reopen the main road, that was blockaded more than 13 years ago.

The IOF soldiers assaulted them, spraying the protesters and many homes, with waste-water mixed with chemicals, and fired many gas bombs, causing several mild injuries.

According to locals, the IOF arrested a cameraman, working for the WAFA Palestinian News Agency, identified as Ayman Noubani, 24, and another cameraman, identified as Mohammad Torabi, and only released them after the protest ended, several hours later.

In Ni’lin village, the IOF shot four young men, one of them directly in his head, causing him a serious injury. Dozens of protesters suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

According to the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies in Ni’lin this last Friday’s protest was organized in solidarity with hunger-striking journalist Mohammad al-Qiq.

In Bil’in village, Israeli soldiers attacked with loads of tear gas and concussion grenades the weekly nonviolent protest against the Apartheid Wall and illegal settlements, held by Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists.

This week protest was also organized to show solidarity with Mohammad al-Qiq.

In the Gaza Strip, at least three Palestinians were injured after clashes broke east of al-Bureij refugee camp, spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said.

He stated that two young Palestinians were injured by live fire in al-Bureij, and a third was in serious condition after being hit in the face by a tear gas cannister.

Clashes also took place near the Beit Hanoun crossing in the north of the Gaza Strip, and east of al-Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City, where at least one person was injured by live ammunition.