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Tens suffer from severe tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces suppress weekly Bilin march

Aug. 18, 2017 7:08 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 18, 2017 7:21 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Tens of Palestinians suffered from severe tear gas inhalation during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the village of Bilin, located in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Palestinians in Bilin gathered following Friday prayers and headed towards Israel’s illegal separation wall, built on the lands of Bilin.

The protesters, who have been staging weekly marches in the village every Friday for 12 years, carried Palestinian flags and signs condemning Israeli aggressions against Palestinians.

Locals also held signs expressing solidarity with victims of a vehicular attack in Barcelona on Thursday that left 13 people dead and dozens injured.

A local activist told Ma’an that the residents of Bilin were expressing their rejection of “ terrorism against innocent people in all places.”

Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at protesters.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Bilin is one of the most active Palestinian villages in peaceful organized opposition against Israeli policies, and as a result, residents are often met with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades from Israeli forces.

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