Israeli Soldiers Use Tear Gas to attack anti wall weekly protests in central West Bank

PNN – Palestine News Network – 21.01.11 – 15:43

Ramallah – PNN – a number of protesters suffered from the effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday as Israeli troops attack three weekly anti-wall protests in central West Bank villages.


Protest in Bil’in – Arachive

This week protests were in solidarity with the Israeli activist Jonathan Polack, 28, who is serving three month in Israeli jail for his solidarity work in West Bank villages.

One child was injured, other protesters treated of the effects of tear gas inhalation during the weekly protest at the village of Nabi Saleh.

This week protesters gathered at the nearby village of Beit Rima and marched to the village of Nabi saleh. Every week the Israeli army close the village to stop local, Israeli and international supporters from joining the villagers of Nabi Saleh in their weekly protest. This week protesters managed to go through and reached the village.

Later people marched to the lands Israel want to takeover to build settlements. Soldiers fired tear gas at the protesters.  Ala Barghouthi sustained light wounds when a soldier sprayed his eyes with pepper-spray. The protest ended on Friday with clashes between local you and Israeli soldiers.

In Bil’in village, as is the case every Friday for the past five years, Israeli and international supporters joined the village after the midday prayers and marched to the Israeli wall built on lands taken from local farmers.  As soon as the people reached the gate of the wall, separating local farmers from their lands, Israeli troops stationed their fire tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at them. A number of protesters suffered the effect of tear gas inhalation.

In the nearby Nil’in village Israeli soldiers attacked the wall protest as soon as people reached the wall. The protest started shortly after people conducted the midday prayers on lands owned by local farmers near the Israeli built wall. Local sources said that soldiers fired tear gas at them; many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.


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