10 Palestinians, foreign supporters wounded in IOF shooting at peaceful anti-wall march
|Sunday, September 3,2006 00:00|
Ten Palestinians and foreign sympathizers were wounded on Friday including a cameraman when IOF troops used new weapons to disperse a peaceful anti-wall demonstration in the village of Bil’in to the west of Ramallah city.
Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the anti-wall committee in the village, said that the IOF soldiers sealed off the entire western areas of the village where they had completed building the separation wall on two thirds of the village’s cultivated lands.
The IOF units blocked 300 demonstrators from reaching their confiscated lands, as 50 soldiers used water cannons to spray the marchers with poisoned blue water that caused skin irritation to all those hit with it.
During their weekly anti-wall rallies the villagers diversified types of protests and this Friday they hoisted a huge placard depicting IOF bulldozers while uprooting scores of fruitful olive trees while an IOF soldier was ordering those vehicles to continue their destruction streak and stepping on the UN emblem and its resolutions.
The villagers, who were hoisting Palestinian and Lebanese flags, were also met with another weapon namely a sponge-coated fiberglass canister that caused deep skin itchiness, blue spots and blood congestion.
The IOF soldiers also clashed with citizens and journalists, who arrived to cover the march, and wounded a number of them including Iyad Hamad working with AP.
Bil’in inhabitants have been organizing their weekly protest rallies for almost 18 months now against the Israeli wall that ate up more than 2,300 dunums of their farm lands. The IOF troops arrested 50 of those villagers during that period of whom three were still behind bars.