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Israeli forces suppress marches in Ramallah, Bethlehem

June 27, 2014 8:28 P.M. (Updated: June 29, 2014 4:24 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces attacked a weekly Nabi Salih weekly march against the occupation and settlements on Friday.

The march set off from al-Shuhadaa square in the center of the village. Dozens of Palestinians, foreigners and activists participated in the march.

Protesters repeated slogans against the occupation, settlements and "international silence," and they called for national unity.

Clashes erupted after the Israeli forces suppressed the march using tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets. Youths threw rocks at soldiers.

Dozens choked on tear gas and some were injured with rubber-coated bullets, and randomly fired tear-gas canisters set fire to nearby lands.

Israeli forces had shut the entrances of the village early Friday with dozens of soldiers inside declaring it a military zone.

During a weekly march in Bilin in Ramallah, meanwhile, dozens of Palestinians and foreigners were injured and choked on tear gas when Israeli forces suppressed the march.

Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear-gas canisters and sound grenades at protestors when they approached the separation wall.

The march was called for by the Popular Resistance Committees in Bilin, where protestors waved the Palestinian flag, the Algerian flag, pictures of prisoners. They held signs against administrative detention, and they shouted slogans and national songs.

Another weekly march was attacked by Israeli forces in al-Maasara village in Bethlehem.

The march was called by the Popular Resistance Committees of the village in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and hunger striking prisoner Ayman Itbeish, who has been on strike in Israeli jails for more than 100 days.

Dozens of locals and foreigners participated in the march; they held Palestinian flags and repeated slogans in solidarity with the prisoners.

Israeli soldiers at the entrance of the village prevented the protestors from reaching the nearby confiscated lands and declared the entrance of the village a closed military zone.

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