RAMALLAH, Dozens of Palestinian protestors were injured as Israeli forces today quelled an anti-settlement rally in Kafr Malik village, east of Ramallah, according to witnesses.
They confirmed that a large Israeli military force intercepted the rally called for to defend the villagers’ lands threatened with confiscation at Ras al-Tin and Ein Samiya spring to make room for the construction of a new Israeli colonial settlement outpost, stopping the protestors at the eastern entrance of the village.
Soldiers violently dispersed the protestors, opening fire towards them, injuring three with rubber-coated steel bullets in their feet and causing dozens others to suffocate from tear gas inhalation.
Israeli settlers have recently commenced the construction of the new colonial settlement outpost in Ras al-Tin area, and prevented the villagers and shepherds from reaching the area.
Settlers are also attempting to demolish the school in the area, constructed with funding from the European Union, in preparation to force the Palestinian Bedouin community from this area.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)