In the weekly non-violent protest on Friday against the illegal annexation wall in the village of Bil’in near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 16 protesters were injured including three journalists.In the weekly non-violent protest on Friday against the illegal annexation wall in the village of Bil’in near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 16 protesters were injured including three journalists.
A large number of Palestinian, International and Israeli peace activists demonstrated in the West Bank village of Bil’in in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and in protest of the construction of the annexation wall on the land of the village.
Protesters carried a replica of the wall viewing the Palestinians in cantons, and carried pictures of some Palestinian prisoners; in addition some protesters were handcuffed, in a symbolic act of solidarity.
Israeli army prevented the protestors to reach the construction site of the wall and opened their machine gun fire in the air to disperse the demonstrators. Troops also showered the protesters with dozens of rubber-coated metal bullets, concussion grenades and tear gas. As a result, 16 civilians were wounded including three journalists of AFP, Al-Arabia and The Jerusalem Post.
In addition, troops detained four journalists two of which work for Reuters where as the other two were Israelis.
The popular committee against the Wall and settlements in Bili’n has been regularly organizing weekly nonviolent protests against the annexation wall since two years.