Palestinians mark Land Day with protest marches; Israelis respond with force

BETHLEHEM/NABLUS, — Palestinians marked Land Day on Thursday with protest marches in some West Bank cities, but Israeli forces dispersed the protesters with force, according to officials.

In Bethlehem in the south of the West Bank, protesters marched from Beit Jala to the Cremisan valley where Israel has seized hundreds of dunums of Palestinian land near the monastery to build its segregation wall, the Palestinian News and Info Agency, Wafa, reported.

When the march reached the Israeli army checkpoint at the Cremisan, soldiers fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at them causing many to suffer from gas inhalation.

Some of the protesters were able to climb the four-metre high fence in the area and placed Palestinian flags on it.

In the north of the West Bank, soldiers attacked Palestinians who were attempting to plant seedlings in an area of Nablus village of Madama on land near the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar.

The soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas at the Palestinians injuring 45 people from rubber bullets and 17 treated for suffocation, according to Red Crescent medics.

Source: Emirates News Agency