Israeli soldiers detained on Saturday evening three international peace activists, and one Palestinian citizen, as the army attacked the weekly nonviolent protest in Iraq-Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Soldiers fire gas bombs and rubber-coated bullets at the protestors leading to several injuries. Yousef Qa’dan, member of the Iraq-Burin village council, stated that soldiers installed several roadblocks since early morning hours on Saturday in an attempt to prevent the international activists from reaching the village to participate in the nonviolent weekly protest against the illegal Annexation Wall and settlements.
Qa’dan added that troops fired dozens of gas bombs at protestors in the eastern side of the village, and kidnapped three activists, and a local resident identified as Ibrahim Abdul-Qader.
He further stated that soldiers broke into several homes in the village and fired a gas bomb inside the home of resident Haidar Ismail Qadous causing damage and inflicting several injuries. The wounded residents received treatment by field medics.
Eyewitnesses told the Maan News Agency that the soldiers prevented medics and reporters from reaching the area and kept them away for several hours.
Hundreds of soldiers were deployed around the village, and closed all of its entrances.
On Saturday at dawn, soldiers invaded the eastern area of Nablus city, and stationed themselves in several streets for several hours. The soldiers were mainly deployed in areas close to the Joseph Tomb in the city.