Injuries in IOF quelling of anti-settlement weekly marches


A number of Palestinian citizens and foreign activists choked on tear gas fired by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) to quell the anti-settlement and anti-wall peaceful weekly marches in the West Bank on Friday.

The IOF quelled the Kafr Qaddoum anti-settlement weekly march in Qalqilya which called for opening the village’s street which has been closed for 14 years ago in favor of the Jewish settlers of Kedumim settlement established on the lands of the village.

Coordinator of the Popular Resistance in Kafr Qaddoum, Murad Shtewi, said that a large force of the Israeli army reinforced with military vehicles and bulldozers stormed the village from several directions under heavy firing of tears gas canisters, sound bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets, causing dozens of suffocation cases. The Palestinian youths responded by throwing stones.

A number of Israeli soldiers broke into a Palestinian house and set up an ambush in an attempt to arrest Palestinian youths, yet no arrests were reported.

In a relevant development, the residents of Kafr Qaddoum called on the civil institutions and children organizations to immediately intervene to protect children from the repeated violations by the Israeli army, the last of which was conducting field investigation with three children about their participation in the weekly march and threatening to arrest them.

Meanwhile, IOF soldiers suppressed the anti-settlement, anti-wall weekly march in Bil’in village to the west of Ramallah city.

According to a local source, dozens of suffocation cases were caused among Palestinian citizens and Israeli and foreign peace activists after the IOF fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them.

The marchers roamed the streets of the village chanting slogans calling for national unity and stressing the need to adhere to the Palestinian constants, resist the Israeli occupation, and release all the Palestinian prisoners.

Other suffocation cases were reported on Friday among Palestinian citizens and foreign activists after the IOF quelled the peaceful weekly march against the settlement expansion and apartheid wall in Ni’lin village to the west of Ramallah city.

The protesters showed solidarity with Abdullah Amira, a resident of the village, as the Israeli authorities extended his administrative detention for the third time in a row.

(Source / 07.01.2017)


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