RAMALLAH, Israeli forces today cracked down on an anti-settlement protest in Kafr Malik village, east of Ramallah, according to local sources.
They confirmed that a large Israeli military force violently dispersed the participants of the rally called for to defend the villagers’ lands threatened with confiscation at Ras al-Tin area to make room for the construction of a new Israeli colonial settlement outpost.
Soldiers opened fire towards the participants as the latter were marching at Ein Samiya spring on their way Ras al-Tin, injuring Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, a well-known activist from Bil‘in village, with a tear gas canister in the shoulder and causing others to suffocate from tear gas.
All suffocation cases received treatment at the scene.
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)