Saturday, 23 April 2011

West Bank march crackdown leaves woman in critical condition

[ 23/04/2011 - 07:16 AM ]

WEST BANK, (PIC)-- A Palestinian woman was left in critical condition after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers at a weekly march in the West Bank town of Bil'in, medics at the Palestine medical center said.

The soldiers used tear gas and rubber bullets to suppress the march launched noon Friday.

The same day during an anti-Jewish settlement march in Nabi Saleh, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) assaulted and arrested an elderly man and three foreign activists and suppressed the march using tear gas and stun grenades. Dozens suffered breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas.

Also noon Friday, IOF soldiers hampered a march in Al-Ma'sara near Bethlehem as it progressed to the apartheid wall there. Marchers were stopped and assaulted by the hands and rifle butts of soldiers.

A Palestinian man was injured and dozens suffered from the effects of breathing tear gas after IOF soldiers cracked down on a weekly anti-separation wall and anti-Jewish settlement march in Na'lin.

The IOF closed the entrances of the village near Ramallah and blocked locals from entering and exiting. They also blocked reporters and activists from entry to take part in the weekly anti-settlement march.

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