• Israeli forces suppress weekly Bilin, Kafr Qaddum protests
    Jan. 6, 2017 7:12 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 6, 2017 7:12 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces Friday suppressed weekly marches in the village of Bilin in the occupied West Bank district of Ramallah and in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, causing dozens to suffer tear gas inhalation.

    In Bilin, Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at demonstrators, causing tens of Palestinian, foreign, and Israeli peace protestors to suffer from tear gas inhalation during a weekly march held in the village.

    The march was organized by the popular committee against the separation wall and settlements. Protesters held up the Palestinian flag to mark the 52nd anniversary of the establishment of the Fatah movement, and also held pictures of slain Palestinian Jawaher Abu Rahma, in a repeat of a similar protest held last month to mark the upcoming anniversaries.