Sunday, April 8, 2012

Three Injured Near Hebron

by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies 
Palestinian medical sources reported, Saturday, that one Palestinian child, in addition to an Israeli and an international peace activist, were injured after Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and Settlement in Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
File - wattan.tv
File - wattan.tv
Yousef Abu Maria, spokesperson of the National Committee Against the wall, stated that Ahmad Khalil Abu Hashem, 14, was injured after a number of soldiers attacked him with batons and rifle-butts while kicking and punching him.

Also, an American peace activist was hurt after a concussion grenade, fired by the army, exploded near her feet. An Israeli peace activist suffered concussions and bruises after being attacked and kicked by the soldiers.

Abu Maria said that, similar to previous nonviolent protests, soldiers resorted to excessive use of force against the protests.

On Friday, dozens of protesters suffered the effects of teargas inhalation while several protesters were kicked and beaten by the soldiers during a nonviolent protest in Kufr Qaddoum village, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

The protesters were demanding the army to open the main road that leads to the village; the road was closed by the army more than 10 years ago.

Also on Friday, soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and settlement in Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah; one man and a journalist were injured.

Villagers of al Nabi Saleh along with international and Israeli supporters tried to march orchards illegally confiscated by Israel to build a settlement. Soldiers stopped them at the village entrance and forced them back using tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Several protesters were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation in the nearby villages of Bil’in and Nil’in; both protests started after midday prayers on Friday with the participation of Israeli and International peace activists.

In Nil’in villagers along with international and Israeli supporters managed to reach the gate of the wall separating them from their lands before soldiers fired tear gas at them. In Bil’in troops fired tear gas at the protesters before reaching the wall.

Villagers of Al Ma’sara village, and Beit Jala town, near Bethlehem also marched against the wall and settlements; soldiers used tear gas in Al Ma'sara village, many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Residents of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, marched on Good Friday to their lands that Israel unlawfully confiscated from them to build its illegal settlements and the Wall.

The protest was led by local priests and ended after a short mass near the confiscated lands.
 International Middle East Media Center