Saturday, 5 October 2013

Israeli forces disperse Palestinian protests across West Bank


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces injured dozens of Palestinian activists on Friday at demonstrations against the Israeli separation wall across the occupied West Bank.

In Bilin, west of Ramallah, six were injured and dozens suffered tear-gas inhalation as Israelis attacked demonstrations protesting the separation wall and demanding the return of village lands illegally confiscated to build the wall.

Previous protests by Bilin activists have forced the Israeli authorities to re-route the wall, but large chunks of the village lands remain inaccessible to residents because of the route.

Palestine Satellite Channel reporters Ali Dar, Salah al-Khawaja, and Mohammad Abed, 19, were struck by tear-gas canisters, while Mohammad Abdul-Fattah Burnat, 24, was shot by a rubber-coated steel bullet in the back. Luisa Morgantini, former vice president of the European Parliament, and lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi were also among the injured. more

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