IOF wound peaceful activists in anti wall marches
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used rubber bullets and gas canisters to disperse peaceful demonstrations the Palestinian villages of Bilin, Ma’sara and Beit Ummar in the West Bank against the separation wall, wounding a number of foreigners in the process.
Local sources in Bilin, Ramallah district, said that tens of citizens and foreign activists, including two Israelis, were hit with rubber bullets while many others were treated for breathing difficulties as a result of the IOF troops’ abundant use of gas canisters.
The weekly march on Friday marked the fifth year since the protest demos started against the Israeli confiscation of vast village land to build the racist, separation wall.
In Beit Ummar, tens of citizens were hurt when the IOF soldiers violently quelled their march to the north of Al-Khalil city.
Locals noted that armed Jewish settlers joined the IOF soldiers in firing at the march, adding that the citizens threw stones at the soldiers and in some cases engaged them in fistfights.
In Ma’sara, Bethlehem district, several demonstrators were injured with rubber bullets and many others suffered breathing problems when the IOF troops opened fire at them along with gas bombs.
IOF soldiers assaulted journalists and foreign activists for attending the rally, locals reported.