Israel disperses weekly Palestinian rallies in W. Bank

Scores of Palestinians on Friday suffered temporary asphyxiation and birdshot injuries when Israeli troops violently dispersed anti-occupation demonstrations in several parts of the occupied West Bank

Scores of Palestinians on Friday suffered temporary asphyxiation and birdshot injuries when Israeli troops violently dispersed anti-occupation demonstrations in several parts of the occupied West Bank

RAMALLAH – Scores of Palestinians on Friday suffered temporary asphyxiation and birdshot injuries when Israeli troops violently dispersed anti-occupation demonstrations in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces used birdshot and teargas to disperse Palestinians who had gathered in several West Bank towns to hold weekly rallies against Israel's decades-long occupation, according to the Popular Resistance Committee, which regularly organizes such rallies.

Israeli forces used brackish water to disperse a demonstration in western Ramallah, according to the committee.

In the West Bank town of Bil'in, protesters carried posters of 14-year-old Malak al-Khatib, who was sentenced to two months in prison earlier this week for throwing stones at Israeli military vehicles.

Protesters demanded al-Khatib's release and shouted slogans decrying Israel's frequent detention of Palestinians.

Israeli troops fired teargas at demonstrators and arrested activist Mohamed al-Khatib.

Every Friday, Palestinians stage protests against ongoing Israeli settlement building and Israel's separation wall, which snakes across the occupied West Bank isolating large swathes of Palestinian territory.

The weekly rallies are typically dispersed by force by the Israeli army.

According to the Palestinian government in Ramallah, the separation wall effectively cuts some 50,000 Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem off from the city center.

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