Photo by: Mohammed Yasin

IOF attack weekly nonviolent protests in the occupied West Bank

PNN/Ramallah

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent protest against the Apartheid Wall and the illegal Israeli settlements, in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah. Furthermore they also attacked the weekly protest in Kafr Qaddoum town, causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Bil’in village was celebrating the eleventh anniversary of ongoing popular, nonviolent struggle against the construction of the illegal apartheid wall, illegal settlements and the escalating Israeli violations against the Palestinian population.

Protest in Bil'in village.
Protest in Bil’in village. – Photo: Mohammed Yasin.

Dozens of residents, Israeli and international peace activists marched together with several Palestinian political leaders, members of the Central Committee of Fateh Movement, and members of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee.

The Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Bil’in reported that the soldiers fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets on the protesters, causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) also invaded, Friday, Kafr Qaddoum town, near Qalqilia, and violently assaulted the weekly protest against the apartheid Wall and the illegal settlements, wounding one journalist.

The Popular Committee in Kafr Qaddoum said one journalist, identified as Ala Badarna, was shot by Israeli army fire in his arm, and was provided with the needed treatment.

Morad Eshteiwy, media spokesperson of the Popular Committee in the town, stated that the IOF invaded it while firing live rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades, while local protesters throw stones and empty bottles on the Israeli military jeeps.

Kafr Qaddoum residents have been protesting for the fifth consecutive year, demanding Israel to reopen the town’s main road, that connects the small town with the surrounding Palestinian communities.

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Prostest in Kafr Qaddoum.