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 68th anniversary of Deir Yassin Massacre*, and was attended by dozens of locals, Israeli and international peace activists.
According to the local Committee, the protesters marched in the village, carrying Palestinian flags, chanting for national unity, in addition to calling for removing all Israeli settlements from the occupied West Bank, ongoing resistance and the release of all detainees.
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.
The Committee added that the head of Bil’in village Council, Bassel Mansour, 40, was shot with a gas bomb in his leg, while dozens of locals, Israeli and international peace activists suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
In Nabi Saleh, as every Friday after midday prayers, the residents of the small village together with journalists, Palestinians, Israeli and international peace activists, protested against the Israeli occupation.
In a procession, they were led by local women and young girls who chanted, clapped and waved Palestinian flags from the center of the village until the top of a hill where they could see the Israeli soldiers on the other side.
According to local sources, this Friday, the protest moved carefully and slowly down the hill towards the road that intersects between the village and the an illegal Israeli settlement.
When the protesters walked down the hill, the IOF started TO assault them, firing three rounds of a long range, large, rubber-tipped bullets that separate in flight to release tear gas.
The demonstrators continued to go down, and, as a result, the IOF fired three more of the long range bullets, designed to pierce houses, directly at the protesters.
No one was injured, however many suffered from tear gas inhalation.
In addition, in Kafr Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, the Palestinian youth clashed with the IOF this Friday afternoon during the weekly protest calling for the reopening of the village’s main road, which had been closed for 13 years.
Many Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation.
*Deir Yassin Massacre took place on April 9 1948, when the Irgun and Stern terrorist Zionist armed organizations attacked the village of about 750 Palestinian inhabitants and killed more than 250-350 men, women and children; fifty-three orphaned children were left along the wall of the Old City.