Five Injured, Three Arrested as Israeli Troops Crack Down on Anti-war Protests in West Bank

15.04.11 – 17:56

Ramallah – PNN – Five civilians were injured and three arrested when Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti-war protests taking place in Bil’in, Nil’in, al-Nabi Salleh and al-Ma’ssara. Protestors today demanded the release of all political prisoners and carried pictures of the Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni, who was killed in Gaza on Friday.

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Injured Activist in Bil’in – Archive

In Bil’in, three civilians were wounded and many were treated for effects of tear gas during the weekly protests there. As has been the case for the past six years, international supporters joined the villagers after their daily prayers and marched up to the wall to protest. Upon arriving at the gate of the wall, troops stationed there fired tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets at protesters, leading to their injuries.

In the nearby village of Nalin, villagers along with their Israeli and international supporters, marched up to the wall where soldiers fired tear gas and sound bombs at them. Many were treated for effects of tear gas.

In al-Nabi Salleh, also in the central West Bank, no locals were injured by troops’ fire though one international was arrested as Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti-war and settlements protests there. International and Israeli supporters after the midday prayers and marched up to the land where Israeli plans to build a new settlement.

Troops there attacked with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas. The troops chased people back to their homes and used chemical water against them. One villager was injured in the foot; another in the abdomen and one international activist was arrested. According to villagers the protests this week ended with clashes between the locals and Israeli troops.

Al-Ma’sara village in the southern West Bank, international and Israeli supporters joined the weekly protest against the wall and settlements there and Israeli troops stopped villagers from reaching the construction-side of the wall and used rifle butts and batons to push people back into the village. Israeli troops also arrested two French activists before the weekly protest had ended.

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