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    Posted August 22, 2014 by
    gabellinger
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    Bil'in, Israel
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    Protests around the world

    Protests Continue in West Bank

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     gabellinger, a masters student attending an American university, photographed Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clashing at a wall in the Palestinian village of Bil'in on August 22. The altercation happened while several Palestinians were protesting along a wall that separates Palestinian and Israeli settlements. She says the protesting resulted in tear gas being fired into the area where protesters were. "It appears that it is used to disperse the crowd, especially if rocks are being thrown at the soldiers," she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Israeli soldiers fired dozens of canisters of tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Bil’in, a Palestinian village located near Ramallah in the West Bank. Protesters dispersed due to the gas only to regroup and continue protesting near the wall separating the village from the Israeli settlement built close by. The soldiers fired from a hill overlooking the village and from a vehicle parked inside the village near the wall.

    Protesters hold weekly demonstrations every Friday in Bil’in to show their frustration with the Israeli wall built in 2004. They claim it was built on their land and want the wall removed and built further away.

    Many attend the protests every week, which began in 2004. Some wave flags and wear gas masks or cloth around their faces.

    The protestors are of all ages, religions, and nationalities, including protestors from the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and even Israel.

    Protests against the wall, settlements, and the war in Gaza are common across the West Bank and are usually suppressed with tear gas and rubber bullets.

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