Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the Popular committee Against the Wall in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah, reported on Friday that dozens of residents, Israeli and international peace activists protested against the Israeli annexation Wall in Bil’in and commemorated the resident who was killed recently after he was trapped by the flooded rain water in an Israeli barbed wire installed near the Wall.
The protest was carried out by 60 Israeli and international peace activists and 250 Palestinian residents.
“We hold Israel responsible for the death of Eyad Taha Salama”, Abu stated, “The occupation builds Walls on our lands and places the residents under daily risks, trapped behind its high concrete walls”.
Resident Salama was with his brother when the water dragged them, but his brother managed to grab an olive branch.
The protesters carried the pictures Salama and installed a memoriam in the area were he drowned.
During the Friday protest, the residents and the activists attempted to open one of the gates of the annexation Wall, but the army installed barbed wires and fired gas bombs at them.
Also, troops detained residents Mohammad Al Khateeb, and Ayed Sa’id, for two hours. One resident, identified as Akram Al Khateeb was injured after the soldiers attacked him with clubs.
Villages around Ramallah remained isolated, residents are forced to walk through the fields for a distance of 40 kilometers or more in order to reach their work and schools.
Wall drowns a resident near Ramallah
On Sunday morning, a Palestinian man has drowned in the West Bank after getting entangled in the Annexation Wall’s barbed wire during flash floods, medical officials and witnesses say.
According to witnesses, heavy rains followed by flash foods washed away two brothers, Eyad and Ra’ed Taha, in the West Bank village of Bil’in.
The two men, from the village of Bait Anan were passing through Bil’in on their way to Ramallah when they were washed away by the flood waters.
They got out of their vehicle, but were swept by the strong current in the direction of the Wall.
The Wall, whose route was ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice in July 2004, acted as a dam, flooding the poorly built road between the villages of Bil’in and Safa, west of Ram Allah, villagers said.
Mohammad Khateeb, a member of the Popular Committee Against the Separation Wall in Bil’in, said that the road in the low area, with no drains caused the water to pile up so high that it covered 15m of our olive trees.