Dozens injured as IOF suppresses Friday peaceful marches


West Bank/PNN/

Dozens of injuries were reported Friday after Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) suppressed the weekly anti-occupation marches across the West Bank.

Several local youths and foreign activists suffered breathing difficulties after inhaling teargas which was heavily fired by Israeli forces against the anti-settlement march in Ni’lin town.

Local sources affirmed that IOF soldiers violently attacked the peaceful march once the participants reached a Palestinian-owned land threatened with confiscation.

The sources stated that fire erupted in the nearby olive trees due to the Israeli excessive use of teargas bombs south of the town.

Several children and women also choked on teargas as Israeli forces randomly fired teargas bombs at local homes. Along the same line, dozens choked on teargas when Israeli forces brutally suppressed Bil’in anti-settlement march. Israeli forces heavily fired rubber bullets and teargas bombs at the participants once they reached the Apartheid Wall.

During the march, the participants raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans in support of resistance option and national reconciliation.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces stormed in large numbers Kafar Qaddum town amid heavy firing of teargas bombs and violently attacked the weekly anti-occupation march.

A young man was transferred to hospital after being directly hit by a teargas bomb in his neck, while another was hit and injured in his foot and treated on the scene.

Dozens of locals including children and women also suffered from the effects of teargas inhalation.

The participants responded by throwing stones at the soldiers.

Residents of Kafar Qaddum stage weekly protests against land confiscations as well as the closure of the village’s southern road by Israeli forces.

The road, which has been closed for 13 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic center.

Many villages in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem participate in weekly Friday marches in protest against Israeli settlement expansion and Judaization schemes.

Israeli forces have come under repeated criticism for excessive use of force as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of peaceful protesters.