***image1***Two young men were hospitalized after being shot at the weekly demonstration against the Wall in Niâlin. People were also wounded at protests in Bil’in, when soldiers fired on a crowd with a considerable number of children, and Maâsara. In Jayyus soldiers clashed with youth and occupied the village until after midnight.
Nearly a thousand people joined in the demonstration in Niâlin this week. Soldiers attacked the demonstration following Friday prayers, leading confrontations between youth and soldiers.
In addition to five who were shot by rubber bullets and dozens others who were affected by tear gas, there were two more serious injuries in Niâlin on Friday. One was 19-year-old Muhammed âAmira, who was shot with live ammunition in the leg. âAqel Srur also suffered several broken fingers and burns when a tear gas bomb hit his hand and exploded. Both were hospitalized in Ramallah.
Another house in Niâlin was burned this week when soldiers fired tear gas through a window, causing a fire. Owner Hasan Musa Zanun and his five person family have moved to his parentsâ house until the their residence is repaired.
The people of Maâsara and Bil’in both commemorated Childrenâs Day, using their demonstrations to remember the thousands of children who have been killed by Occupation forces. In Maâsara, demonstrators were, as usual, assaulted by soldiers, leaving two lightly wounded.
In Bil’in, the march was led by village children who carried signs reading âthe Wall kills our hopes and dreamsâ and âthere is no future for us with the Wall and settlements.â Nevertheless, soldiers fired on the crowd, injuring four with rubber bullets.
Also, the day before the demonstration Occupation forces abducted two 16-year-olds from Bil’in. They were beaten and left near the village of Qatana, where they were found after midnight on Friday morning.
In Jayyus, soldiers invaded the village on foot and occupied homes in the center in an attempt to break the weekly protest. Clashes with local youth lasted into the night. Soldiers remained in their positions past midnight, firing off sound bombs to prevent residents from sleeping.