Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked on Friday afternoon the weekly nonviolent protests against the Israeli Apartheid Wall and the illegal Israeli settlements in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah, and in Nabi Saleh village, causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, local sources report.
In Bil’in, this week’s protest marked the fortieth anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day (March 30), and was attended by dozens of locals, Israeli and international peace activists.
According to the local Committee, the Israeli soldiers fired dozens of rubber-coated steel bullets, long-range gas bombs and concussion grenades as the protesters approached Palestinian orchards, and chased many of them in between the trees.
Children suffered from tear gas inhalation despite being inside their homes, located nearby where the demonstration took place.
In addition, many olive and almond trees, and fava beans plants belonging to resident Mahmoud Abdul-Hadi Samara were burnt due to Israeli gas bombs and concussion grenades.
In Nabi Saleh, according to medical sources, the IOF and settlers assaulted locals residents, journalists, 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. Many suffered tear gas inhalation.
The Israeli soldiers used excessive force against the protesters, and assaulted journalists from Roya News Agency.
According to locals, the IOF detained the journalists and attempted to confiscate their equipment, while settlers assaulted them, having one of them started disrupting the live broadcast of a female reporter for the news agency.
In addition, in Bethlehem and in Kafr Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, the Palestinian youth clashed with the IOF this Friday afternoon.
In the village of Kafr Qaddum, dozens of Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation as the IOF suppressed the the weekly protest calling for the reopening of the village’s main road, which has been closed for 13 years.
Morad Eshteiwy, the coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kafr Qaddoum, said this weeks’s protest marked the fortieth anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day.
In Bethlehem, after the Marathon took place in the morning, the IOF also attacked protesters. Dozens suffered from the tear gas, not just the protesters but also local residents.
This week protests came after thousands of Palestinians marched on Wednesday to commemorate the 40th Land Day, protesting decades of Israeli land confiscation.