IOF attack nonviolent protests in the occupied West Bank, Friday afternoon

PNN/Bethlehem

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked on Friday the weekly nonviolent protest against the Israeli Apartheid Wall and the illegal Israeli settlements in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah, and in Ni’lin village, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation and many others were also injured, according to local sources.

In Bil’in, the IOF assaulted locals residents, Israeli and international peace activists as they marched from the center of the village, chanting for ending the illegal occupation of Palestine, and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state.

According to locals, the protesters raised Palestinian and Algerian flags, chanted against terrorism in various parts of the world, and expressed solidarity with the Belgian people, and all nations suffering from terrorism.

Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and illegal settlements in Bil’in, speaking to the local press said that “the Israeli terrorism against the Palestinians is not different than terrorism targeting various nations around the world.”

“Israel conducts daily acts of terrorism against us; they kill us, destroy homes, lands and property. They forcibly remove us from our homes, lands and illegally confiscate them,” Abu Rahma stated, “The terrorism we face in not different than all terrorist attacks and bombings, around the world.”

In Ni’lin, the IOF used excessive force against the nonviolent protesters, who were also holding the weekly procession against the Apartheid Wall and illegal settlements.

According to locals, the IOF fired dozens of gas bombs, causing scores of residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, especially targeting many homes and cars in the village.

In addition, in Bethlehem and in Kafr Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, the Palestinian youth clashed the IOF this Friday afternoon.

Several young men have been injured by Israeli soldiers after they used excessive force against them, such as a huge amount of tear gas and sprayed the protesters and many homes, with waste-water mixed with chemicals.