Ma’an/Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-Hundreds of Palestinians protested across the occupied West Bank on Friday to call attention to Israel’s efforts to confiscate their land.

The weekly marches protesting the Israeli occupation and land confiscation and condemning international silence toward the Palestinian cause set off after Friday prayer.
Dozens of Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets and suffocated by tear gas grenades as Israeli forces dispersed a march in the village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah.
Israeli soldiers used tear gas bombs, rubber-coated bullets, and live fire to suppress the march as protesters approached the village’s entrance.
Dozens were suffocated with tear gas and injured with rubber-coated bullets.
The village is the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation, with residents demanding that lands confiscated by Israeli forces to build a settlement be returned to them.


At a protest in Bilin, a village near Ramallah, a Palestinian was injured and dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation. Two international activists were detained.
Ashraf Abu Rahma was injured in his leg as he was chased by Israeli forces, while an Israeli and British activist were detained. 
Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades and tear gas at protesters as they neared Israel’s wall. 
Protesters had raised Palestinian flags, chanted a song for unity and called for the release of prisoners. 
The protest also marked the 30 anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre.


Near Bethlehem, meanwhile, Israeli forces blocked a weekly march in the village of al-Masara, locals said.
Dozens of Palestinian and international activists marched in the village to protest against Israel’s confiscation of land in the area, but were forcibly stopped by Israeli soldiers.
Israeli forces were positioned on rooftops and at the entrance to al-Masara and prevented demonstrators from reaching confiscated village land to continue their march.
Since 2006, the residents of al-Masara have protested on a weekly basis, demanding Israeli authorities return village lands confiscated in order to build the separation wall as it crosses through their town.

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