Israel forces disperse W. Bank rallies; dozens injured
By Lubaba Thuqan, Friday, April 25, 2014
RAMALLAH – Dozens of Palestinians and foreign activists were injured on Friday when Israeli forces dispersed weekly demonstrations held to protest Israel's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, according to a statement by the popular resistance committees.
The Israeli army, for its part, said two Israeli soldiers had also been injured during the dispersal.
Israeli forces fired teargas at two demonstrations held on Friday afternoon in Ramallah's western Ni'lin and Bil'in districts, the statement said.
An Anadolu Agency photojournalist, Moaz Hamed, was shot in the foot by Israeli forces when the latter dispersed a demonstration in Ramallah's Nabi Saleh village.
"An Israeli soldier fired a barrage of rubber pellets at me, 12 of which hit me in the foot," Hamed said from a local hospital where he was receiving treatment, adding that he had been far from the demonstration when he was shot.
Demonstrators also voiced their support for a recent reconciliation deal between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas and expressed solidarity with Palestinians detained by Israel who declared a hunger strike this week.
For years, Palestinian popular resistance committees have organized weekly rallies against Israel's longstanding occupation of the West Bank.
Israeli forces routinely use force to disperse the demonstrations.
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