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Israeli Occupation Soldiers Attack Palestinian Demonstrators in Nabi Saleh, Torch Olive Trees in Kafr Qaddoum

Dozens injured as IOF suppresses West Bank demonstrations

[ 13/08/2011 - 10:05 AM ]


Israeli occupation forces used tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets to suppress unarmed demonstrations across the West Bank on Friday.

IOF soldiers fired a volley of tear gas at a symbolic tent at the forefront of a march in Nabi Saleh condemning the Israeli occupation and demanding freedom and the ouster of the Jewish settlers.

Massive reinforcements were deployed to the village that shut off the three main entrances and declared over a loudspeaker the village a closed military zone, and that anyone who tried to break the siege would be penalized.

Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinians and pro-Palestinian supporters sustained severe breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas fired at them while taking part in an anti-apartheid wall and anti-settlement march in Bil’in.

IOF soldiers fired tear gas at the marchers as they neared liberated lands near the new apartheid wall, causing many to choke after inhaling tear gas.

Among those who took part in the march, organized by the local anti-settlement committee, were peace activists and foreign pro-Palestinians.

In Ma’sara village, three young men sustained bruises and injuries after IOF soldiers attacked a weekly anti-settlement march held there.

Sources said the young men were attacked while advancing to territories where the apartheid wall has been erected.

Israeli occupation soldiers torch dozens of olive trees in W. Bank village

[ 13/08/2011 - 04:16 PM ]


The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) set fire to dozens of fruitful olive trees, some of them perennials, in Kafr Qaddoum village, Qalqiliya city.

Eyewitnesses reported that the trees were burnt down after the Israeli troops fired tear gas and stun grenades on them.

32 olive trees were burnt after the villagers were able to stop the fire from spreading to other trees.

Hundreds of olive trees have been torched since the start of this year by Israeli settlers and troops in different West Bank areas.

Palestinian shepherd severely injured in landmine blast north of Jordan Valley

[ 13/08/2011 - 02:23 PM ]


A Palestinian shepherd sustained moderate to severe injuries on Friday when an Israeli landmine exploded at him as he was grazing sheep in the northern part of Jordan Valley east of Tubas city.

Local sources said that Ahmed Eid was taken by a civilian car to an Israeli military checkpoint near the area and then transferred from there by an ambulance to a medical center in Tubas.

Ahmed stayed bleeding for half an hour in the scene before he was spotted by Palestinian citizens in the area.

According to the sources, he lost four fingers of his right hand and sustained shrapnel wounds in his neck and after he was given fist aid, he was transferred to Refidia hospital in Nablus city.

51 minefields have been established by the Israeli occupation state since 1967 in the Palestinian lands, especially in Jordan Valley and north and south of the West Bank.

A Palestinian citizen from Jordan Valley told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that these landmines detonate by contact with any person, which led to the injury and death of hundreds of Palestinian citizens.

He added these landmines can be found adjacent to some nomadic communities, like Khirbet Yezra and Wadi Al-Maleh, and around their homes, grazing lands and water wells.

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper had said in a report that the Israeli landmines extend over 300,000 dunums of the total historical Palestinian lands, most of them fertile lands.

Three children injured by Israeli troops in non-violent anti-Wall demonstrations

Saturday August 13, 2011 21:31 by IMEMC & PNN

On Friday three children were injured, and dozens of children and adults were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation, as Israeli troops attacked anti-wall protests organized in a number of West Bank communities.

Protests took place in the central West Bank villages of al-Nabi Saleh, Bil’in, and Nil’in in addition to al-Ma’ssara in the southern West Bank.

Three children were lightly wounded as Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti wall protest at the village of al-Ma’sara, southern West Bank. As soon as people marched to the land where Israel is building the wall troops attacked people with rifle buts and batons injuring Abada Brijiyah, 11, Osama Brijiyah,9, Hareth Brijiyah,10, witnesses reported.

Also many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation as Israeli troops attacked the anti-wall and settlements protests in the village of al-Nabi Salleh. Villagers and their Israeli and international supporters marched to local farm lands were Israel had taken to build a new settlement. Troops attacked protesters with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. Then soldiers forced people back into the village and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas.

In the nearby village Bil’in soldiers fired tear gas at the weekly protest there as internationals and Israeli supporters joined the villagers after midday prayers. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

At another location in the meantime Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti-wall protest in the village of Nil’in, villagers were joined by Israeli and international supporters after the midday prayers and marched up to the wall. Troops fired tear gas at protesters causing many to suffer from tear gas inhalation.

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