An estimated one thousand Palestinians, joined by Israeli
and international activists, took to the streets on Friday, 25 February, to
demand the opening of Shuhada Street, a former thoroughfare in the West Bank
city of Hebron. Israeli occupying
forces fired foam-tipped bullets, tear gas, and sound grenades, injuring nine
protestors. Many demonstrators
also suffered adverse effects of the tear gas.
For the past two days, the protests in the central square of Suleimaniyah,
redubbed âFreedom Square,â have taken the form of public mourning. Last Saturday, 26 February, the protest
resulted in two deaths and eleven wounded as security forces opened fire on the
crowd shortly after a sound bomb apparently went off behind the stage.