Including By Live Rounds, Dozens Injured As Army Attacks Nonviolent Protesters Near Ofer Prison

05 Apr
5:00 AM

[Friday, April 4, 2014] As Hundreds of Palestinians fathered near the Ofer Israeli detention facility, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, demanding the release of Palestinian detainees and an end to the occupation, Israeli soldiers opened fire at them injuring dozens of Palestinians, including Palestinian cameraman Mohammad Basman Yassin of Bil’in village.The Palestinians started their nonviolent activity by conducting Friday prayers near the prison compound, before the soldiers opened fire at them.

Medical sources said that Yassin was shot with live rounds in the chest, and was moved to a local hospital in Ramallah.
Dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, while several others were also shot with live rounds, and dozens were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets.

Ofer Israeli prisons and detention facility is built on Palestinian lands that belong to residents of the Betunia nearby town.

The protest was held after the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu voided the release of the fourth phase of veteran Palestinian prisoners, held by Israeli since before the first Oslo Agreement of 1993.

The Israeli attack against the nonviolent protesters pushed dozens of young Palestinians to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers.

The army also pushed dozens of troops into the area to attack the protesters while army choppers hovered overhead.

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Saed Bannoura

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