RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A Palestinian journalist and a number of protesters sustained injuries on Friday as the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) aggressively disbanded peaceful anti-settlement marches in the West Bank. The popular committee in Ni’lin village, in western Ramallah province, said the IOF violently attacked a march marking the eighth anniversary of the death of the Palestinian minor Youssef Ahmad Ameira, killed by the occupation troops in his 17’s of age, on August 4, 2008. The march was also staged in solidarity with prisoner Bilal al-Kayed, who has been on a hunger strike for the 53rd consecutive day in protest at being transferred to administrative detention after the end of his 15-year-sentence in Israeli jails. The IOF attacked the protesters with randomly-discharged waves of bullet fire and teargas canisters, resulting in several suffocation cases. Journalist Hassan Dabous sustained wounds after he was directly hit with a teargas grenade from a very close range. At the same time, dozens of Palestinian marchers choked on teargas unleashed by the IOF during a peaceful anti-settlement march staged in Kfar Qaddum village, to the east of Qalqilya. Coordinator for the popular resistance committee Murad Shteiwi said the IOF soldiers rolled into the village shortly before the launch of the march and showered the area with teargas canisters and live rounds, resulting in several injuries among the protesters. Earlier, at dawn time, the IOF stormed the village in several army jeeps and wreaked havoc on civilian homes in an attempt to quell anti-occupation activism in the area.
(Source / 05.08.2016)