Anti-settlement protestors in W. Bank mourn Mandela

TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of Palestinians and foreign activists paid tribute to the pro-Palestinian South African leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday, during the weekly anti-settlement marches that were organized in different West Bank areas.

On Friday, the participants carried pictures of Mandela and Palestinian flags, and chanted slogans calling for resisting the occupation and releasing the Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, PIC reported.

Speeches were also delivered hailing Mandela as a source of inspiration for the Palestinian people and a strong supporter of their struggle against Israel’s occupation and racism.

Although, the marches were peaceful, the Israeli forces violently attacked the protestors, wounded and detained many of them.

According to different local sources, the Israeli forces kidnapped a young man identified as Abdul-Qader Abu Rahma and wounded dozens of citizens during clashes with protestors in Bil’in village.

The Israeli forces also intensively fired tear gas grenades at journalists as they were aboard their car, causing them to suffer its effects.

Scores of Palestinian and foreign activists also suffered injuries after the Israeli forces subdued their marches in the villages of Masarah and Kafr Qaddum.

Murad Eshtewi, coordinator of the popular resistance in Kafr Qaddum, said a large number of Israeli troops aboard military vehicles stormed the village following the weekly march and embarked on heavily and randomly firing rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at passersby and homes, which rendered many citizens, including children and women, injured.

He added that the invading troops established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, declared it a closed military area, and prevented ambulances and journalists from going in.

In Nabi Saleh village, the Israeli forces attacked the participants in the weekly protest against Israel’s settlement expansion on their territory.

The excessive violence used by the Israeli forces against the Nabi Saleh protest caused many citizens to suffer from tear gas inhalation. Material damages to Palestinian property were also reported during the events.

The Nabi Saleh march was dedicated this Friday to commemorating the second anniversary of the death of Mustafa Attamimi, the 28-year-old young man who was killed with a tear gas grenade fired by an Israeli soldier in 2011.

By Fars News Agency


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