Bil'in - 15/04/16 - Credit: Mohammed Yasin

IOF attack nonviolent protest across the West Bank, Friday

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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 commemorate the seventh anniversary of the death of Bassem Abu Rahma, a nonviolent activist who was  killed in April 2009 after an Israeli soldier shot him in the chest with a high-velocity gas bomb. The protest was attended by dozens of locals, Israeli and international peace activists.

The demonstrators marched from the center of the village carrying Palestinians flags and posters with a photograph of Bassem Abu Rahma. They chanted for national unity, the release of all political prisoners and the liberation of Palestine.

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 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.

In Silwad town, east of Ramallah, three Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers and dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation after the IOF invaded the city and clashes started between the Palestinian youth and the Israeli soldiers, according to locals.

According to local medical sources, three residents were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets while many others, including children, suffocated with the tear gas.

In addition, in Kafr Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, the Palestinian youth clashed with the IOF this Friday afternoon during the weekly protest against the apartheid wall and the illegal settlements.

According to local medical sources, dozens of Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation as the IOF suppressed 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 the Israeli soldiers used excessive force against the protesters and fired dozens of tear gas bombs at them. He added that they also sprayed the demonstrators and many homes with waste-water mixed with chemicals.

Palestinians in Karf Qaddoum have been demonstrating every week against the apartheid wall, the illegal Israeli settlements and the reopening of the main road that the IOF closed more than thirteen years ago, to enable access to the nearby illegal settlement of Kedumin.