Israeli troops clashed with Palestinians and foreign activists protesting the ongoing construction of the illegal Israeli wall of separation on Friday.
Israel has started rerouting the fence and concrete wall routes near the West Bank village of Bilin, Israeli officials confirmed on Friday.
The clashes erupted on Friday after Israeli troops fired tear gas to disperse the protesters numbering around 100 in Bilin, one of the villages severely affected by the separation wall — also referred to as the apartheid wall.
Almost half of the Bilin village’s land, belonging to Palestinians, was confiscated when construction began in 2002.
Also on Friday, a weekly demonstration against illegal settlement activity took place in East Jerusalem (Al-Quds).
For the last five years, Palestinians have been holding weekly protests near Bilin, becoming the symbol of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.
Live rounds, tear gas and stun grenades are usually used on the protestors each and every week. On numerous occasions protesters have been severely wounded or even killed by Israeli troops.
The International Court of Justice says the separation wall violates the international law. Israel, however, has refused to abide by law and has been continuing to construct the apartheid wall.