Palestinians Marking Nakba Injured during Israeli Army Quelling of Nakba March

NABLUS, May 16, 2015 (WAFA) – Several Palestinians Saturday were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets as Israeli forces forcefully suppressed a peaceful march at a checkpoint to the south of Nablus marking the 67th anniversary of Nakba Day, Palestinian catastrophe of 1948.

Witnesses told WAFA that Israeli forces attacked the march with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades, causing several injury cases among marchers. A journalist working for a Chinese news agency, a female foreign activist, and Khaled Mansour, member of the political bureau of the People’s Party were among the injured.

An increasing number of unarmed and peaceful Palestinians were either killed or seriously injured as a result of Israel’s constant use of tear gas against Palestinians.

Early December 2014, Palestinian minister without portfolio Zeyad Abu Ein died due to tear gas inhalation and after being directly hit in the chest by an Israeli soldier during a peaceful protest marking the United Nations International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. He was transferred to hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

On December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi, 28 from Ramallah’s village of Nabi Saleh, died from critical wounds he sustained when an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister directly at his head from a short distance.

B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights information center, stated that “[Israeli] soldiers and Border Police often fire tear-gas grenades directly at demonstrators with the aim of hitting them, or fire carelessly, without ensuring that demonstrators are not in the direct line of fire, in direct contravention of regulations.”

The legal center, in a summary report published in 2013, demanded that Israeli security forces “completely prohibit the firing of 40mm tear-gas canisters either directly at individuals or horizontally, in a way that could cause result in injuries.”

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers stationed at the borderline area to the east of Khan Younis in Southern Gaza, opened fire toward a similar march organized late Friday to mark Nakba Day, shooting and injuring a Palestinian youth in his foot.