RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces dispersed a weekly march against the occupation and settlements in the village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah on Friday.
The march set off from the center of the village towards lands threatened to be confiscated by Israeli authorities. When the march reached the area, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas canisters at the crowd, despite the presence of children.
In response, protesters threw rocks at the soldiers.
Dozens suffered from severe tear-gas inhalation and others were injured by the rubber-coated steel bullets.
The march was held under the theme of "with unity we triumph" in order to stress the importance of national unity in facing the Israeli occupation. Protesters repeated slogans calling for national unity between all Palestinian factions.
Earlier in the day, Israeli forces imposed "security restrictions" around the village and declared the area as a military zone "until further notice."
The village is the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation, with residents demanding that lands confiscated by Israeli forces to build a settlement be returned to them.