Dozens suffocate after Israeli forces attack peaceful march opposed to dislodging Masafer Yatta residents

Dozens of peace activists today suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces during a march opposed to Israeli government plans to dislodge hundreds of Palestinian residents of Masafer Yatta in the south of the West Bank and to demolish their communities, according to a local activist.

Fouad al-Imour, an activist in the South Hebron Hills, said dozens of activists and supporters came to al-Rakiz village in Masafer Yatta to express opposition to the Israeli government’s plans when soldiers attacked them with tear gas and beating in order to disperse them causing injuries and suffocation.

Every week since the Israeli High Court on May 4 gave the army the green light to demolish 12 communities in Masafer Yatta and to displace over 1000 of their residents as part of a plan to seize their lands and homes under the pretext of turning the area into a firing zone for military training, activists and supporters have been joining residents of Masafer Yatta in protesting plans to displace them and take over their lands.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)

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