Israeli soldiers invaded on Saturday evening Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and fired rounds of live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets and gas bombs in different directions leading to clashes with the locals. Dr. Ratib Abu Rahma, of Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bilin, reported that dozens of local youth hurled stones at the invading forces obliging them to withdraw. The army then stationed its jeeps near the the illegal Annexation Wall built on the villagers’ lands isolating them from their orchards.
The Committee issued a press release slamming the ongoing Israeli violations against the village and its orchards, and stated that the army has been repeatedly invading the village, sometimes at night or dawn, and other times during daytime, while firing gas bombs in an attempt to force the residents away.
Bil’in is a leading village for creative and weekly non-violent protests against the Annexation Wall and illegal Israeli settlements. The villagers and their Israeli and international supporters hold their weekly protest every Friday.
Despite the nonviolent nature of the protests, Israeli forces use excessive force in countering the protesters an issue that led to several fatalities and dozens of injuries.