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Israeli tear-gas bombs burn dozens of olive trees

Sept. 7, 2018 4:56 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 9, 2018 1:16 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A number of Palestinians suffered from tear-gas suffocation as Israeli forces suppressed weekly Friday protests in the villages of Bilin and Nilin, in the Ramallah and al-Bireh district in the central occupied West Bank.

According to local sources, Israeli forces showered Palestinian protesters and solidarity activists with tear-gas bombs, in attempt to suppress the Bilin and Nilin weekly marches against Israeli settlement activities and the further expansion of the Israeli separation wall.

Sources confirmed that several protesters suffered tear-gas suffocation.

The tear-gas bombs set fire to dozens of acres of Palestinian agricultural lands, which were planted with olive trees in the Bilin village; large numbers of olive trees were burned.

Bilin and Nilin are two of the most active Palestinian villages in peaceful organized opposition against Israeli policies, as residents have protested every Friday for 12 consecutive years and have often been met with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades from Israeli forces.

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