Dozens Injured In Bil’in’s Weekly Protest
Friday January 18, 2013 22:33 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protests In West Bank
The Friends of Freedom and Justice Committee in Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, reported that dozens of nonviolent protesters have been treated for the effects of gas inhalation after Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and Settlements.
Bil'in Protest - Image By Haitham Al Khatib
The week’s protest was held in condemnation of the killing of Palestinian youth Samir Ahmad Awad, 17 who was shot and killed, Tuesday, by Israeli military fire in Budrus village near Ramallah.
“The march began after Friday prayers from the center of the village towards the wall. Dozens of Israeli and foreigner activists Participated the march along with the people of Bil'in, the participants raised Palestinian flags, martyr photos and chanted slogans calling for resisting the Israeli occupation , the demolition of the separation wall and also they called for a real solidarity with the Palestinian political prisoners to liberate them from the Israeli Jails”, the committee reported.
As the protesters arrived at the Abu Lemon area, near the Annexation Wall, some protesters managed to cut sections of the barbed wire, a few meters away from the concrete wall, while Israeli soldiers, stationed on the other side of the Wall fired gas bombs, rubber-coated metal bullets and sprayed the protesters with wastewater mixed with chemicals; dozens were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation by Palestinian medics at the scene,
Later on, violent clashes took place between local protesters and the soldiers as the army chased local youths in an attempt to kidnap them.
Elsewhere on Friday of this week, anti-wall protests were also organized at the village of Nil’in, and Al Nabi Saleh, central West Bank, in addition to Al Ma’sara village in the south and Kufer Qadum in the north. Israeli soldiers suppressed the nonviolent protesters with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Bil'in Protest - Image By Mohamed Yaseen