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Dozens injured as Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests
Published Friday 30/05/2014 (updated) 01/06/2014 13:59
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Dozens of people were injured on Friday as Israeli forces dispersed non-violent protests across the occupied West Bank.

In Bilin, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at protesters as they marched towards land confiscated by Israel's separation wall.

Participants raised Palestinian flags, posters of prisoners, and signs condemning the practice of administrative detention.

Ahmad Ratib Abu Rahma, 20, was hit in the foot with a tear gas canister, Mohammad Adeeb Abu Rahma, 20, was hit in the hand, and a female Danish activist was struck in the leg and required stitches.

The injured were taken to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for treatment.

Bilin villagers have been protesting on a weekly basis against Israeli confiscation of their lands in order to build the separation wall, which passes through their village.

In Kafr Qaddum, near Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, a man was shot in the back with a rubber-coated bullet while dozens suffered tear gas inhalation.

Protesters had gathered to show solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and demand that Israeli forces re-open the village's main road, which has been closed for over 13 years.

According to Amnesty International, Israeli forces often use excessive force against Palestinian protesters.

Amnesty documented the killing of 22 Palestinians in 2013, 14 of which took place during protests and four of whom were children.
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1 ) jesse / usa
30/05/2014 23:06
The guy in th e picture really shows how non violent this is

2 ) Riots, Force, & / Peace
31/05/2014 00:13
Palestinian use excessive force, where Hundreds Rioted. And, Only Dozens were lightly injured, as Israeli forces kept the peace !!

3 ) Measured Response / Truth
31/05/2014 06:47
Within the Palestinian population, protests are never "non-violent", and: - RIOTS should be met with TEAR-GAS. - THREATENING should be met with STUN-GRENADES. And, - THROWING STONES should be met with RUBBER-BULLETS, all - TO PREVENT minor levels of violence from escalating into - ANOTHER INTIFADA, which would force Israel to respond more harshly, so as to prevent murder, ethnic cleansing, and genocide of Jews !!!

4 ) John from America / USA
31/05/2014 17:54
Good article. I observed a Bi'lin protest for myself this past March. The Israelis used disproportionate force. Don't let these other comments discourage you. Keep up the accurate reporting. I suspect that the previous three posters have never seen the West Bank or protests and the IDF responses firsthand.

5 ) Paul / U>S>A>
02/06/2014 20:47
In response to Jesse.If you observe the picture again, it should become obvious to you that the protestor who is defending his people on their own land,is hurling back the tear gas canister.Your opinions have affected your vision.Let the soldiers stay "home".They can watch the non-violent protest on TV
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