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Israeli forces suppress weekly marches across West Bank

April 24, 2015 5:19 P.M. (Updated: May 1, 2015 8:36 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Seven Palestinians were injured, including one with live fire, and dozens more suffered excessive tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces suppressed weekly marches across the West Bank on Friday.

Seven Palestinians were injured after Israeli forces opened fire on the Kafr Qaddum weekly march,using both live and rubber-coated steel bullets.

One protester, Daoud Agel, was hit with live fire in his lower extremities, while medical sources said that Rifaat Barham, 24, lost his eye after being shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Among the others hit with rubber-coated bullets were Naser Ishteiwi, 44, who was hit in his foot, Anas Amer, 21, in his back, Muhammad Nidal, 20, in his shoulder, and Muhammad Fathi, 45, in his hand.

Separately, dozens of Palestinians suffered excessive tear gas inhalation and one was detained as Israeli forces suppressed the Bilin weekly march.

Witnesses said that dozens of international supporters and Israeli peace activists took part in the march, which was organised by local popular committees.

Israeli forces reportedly detained Muhammad Adib Abu Rahmeh, 19, due his involvement in the march, marking the third time Israeli forces had detained him.

Tear gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers set ablaze dozens of dunams of land planted with olive trees belonging to Bilin residents Nasser Abu Rahmeh and Kayid Khalil Abu Rahmeh, witnesses said.

Friday's incidents come a week after Israeli forces violently clamped down on protests across the West Bank marking Palestinian Prisoner's Day, in honor of more than 6,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails.

Five Palestinians were shot over the course of the day, including four with live fire, and dozens more suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.

One of the injured, Ahmad Mohammad Mansour, 17, was shot with a live round in his chest during the Bilin weekly march.

Bilin has long been one of the most active villages in organized opposition against the Israeli occupation and confiscation of Palestinian land.

This year marked the tenth consecutive year of weekly marches against the Israeli separation wall in Bilin, which was constructed on Palestinian land in 2005.


Outlier / USA
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results." Palestinians may want to try a different approach - like maybe negotiation.
25/04/2015 00:05
Dimitrios / Cyprus
These pictures clearly show again how "peaceful" the weekly marches and demonstrations are! But the IDF is attacked for prohibiting violence.
25/04/2015 06:11
@2 Dimitrios , the photos show a lot less violent people than the violence shown during Warsaw uprising against brutal occupations .
25/04/2015 19:13
@1 Outlier , indeed insane. The logic cuts both ways. Occupation and oppression will always lead to resistance. How about Israel end the oppression and the occupation?.
25/04/2015 19:14
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