BIL’IN: Dozens of protesters treated for gas inhalation in Bil’in anti-wall march October 26, 2009

Palestinian Information Center -  24 October 2009


RAMALLAH, (PIC) — Dozens of Palestinians and foreign activists were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday when Israeli troops attacked the weekly peaceful protest against the apartheid wall in the village of Bil’in, west of Ramallah.

As is the case every Friday, multinational supporters joined the Palestinian villagers after midday prayers and headed towards the wall carrying banners and chanting slogans in protest at the Israeli racist policies.

As the protesters approached the wall near Al-Dahr area, west of the village, which separated the villagers from their lands, the Israeli troops prevented them from entering their lands through firing a number of gas canisters which caused many suffocation cases.

Activists from the organization of follow the women riding their bicycles also participated in the weekly march. This participation is part of their tour of many areas in occupied Palestine including refugee camps, villages, cities and conflict points with the Israeli occupation.

In another development, Israeli troops attacked on Friday a peaceful Palestinian protest against settlement activities organized near the settlement of Kiryat Arba, northeast of Al-Khalil city, and kidnapped six participants.

Local sources said that a mass rally staged by the assembly of youth against settlements at the entrance to Kiryat Arba and attended by dozens of Palestinian citizens and foreign peace activists was attacked by Israeli policemen and border guards who used tear gas and batons to disperse the march.

It was also reported that Israeli troops stationed at the gates of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil kidnapped a 17-year-old Palestinian boy and physically assaulted him at the pretext of finding a knife in his possession.

In Jenin, three Palestinian citizens were kidnapped at dawn Friday in the town of Qabatiya by an Israeli military force and sent to the intelligence headquarters for investigation at the pretext of their participation in activities against Israel.

Two Palestinian brothers were also reportedly kidnapped on Thursday evening by IOF troops at a military checkpoint at the entrance to the village of Burin, south of Nablus, and were taken to an unknown destination.

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