Israeli army uses violence against fresh West Bank protests 21May11 May 22, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre -  21 May 2011

Two Palestinians were injured and dozens sustained breathing difficulties after Israeli occupation forces IOF) suppressed a weekly anti-separation wall march in Bil’in village west of Ramallah.

The soldiers fired a barrage of stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets, and gas canisters at the marchers, injuring Ibrahim Abdul-Fattah Barnat, 29, after he was hit in the back with a canister, and Mohammed Suleiman Yassin, 20.

Scores more suffered severely from the effects of breathing tear gas. Vast amounts of land cultivated with olive trees were burnt along the separation wall.

Hundreds of Nal’in villagers also took to the streets in Na’lin after Friday prayers near the apartheid wall there holding Palestinian flags and banners to commemorate the Nakba in 1948.

Locals reported that, when they arrived at the wall’s gates, Israeli soldiers showered them with tear gas and stun grenades, causing dozens in the crowd to choke and vomit.

The same day in Al-Ma’sara, IOF soldiers arrested three Palestinians and four foreign peace activists while suppressing there a weekly march condemning the separation wall and Jewish settlement activity.

Witnesses said the soldiers acted aggressively with media and forced them to leave before using violence against the demonstrators.

Separately, in Al-Aroub refugee camp north of Al-Khalil, youth hurled stones at the buses and cars of Jewish settlers as they travelled along the main road near the camp.

Israeli sources said that the vehicles underwent some material damages. In the wake of that, Israeli soldiers combed and raided the area.

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