Many Treated for the Effects of Tear Gas Inhalation As troops Attack West Bank Protests

PNN – Palestine News Network – 05.08.11 – 15:51

Ramallah – PNN – Friday protests  took place in  the central West Bank villages of  al-Nabi Salleh, Bil’in, and Nil’in in addition to  al-Ma’ssara in the southern West Bank.

ImageLocal and international protesters were tear gassed today as they marched in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Unlike other recent protests in the village, Israeli soldiers did not meet the protesters in the village but along a road leading out of the town.

After the march Israeli soldiers entered the village and threw a tear gas canister into a house where protesters had gathered. As protesters escaped the house, more tear gas was shot into the streets. In recent weeks Israeli soldiers have stepped-up their efforts in Nabi Saleh, declaring the village a closed military zone and stopping activists and journalists before even reaching the village.

In Bilin village also central West Bank, Troops attacked protesters with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation. This week people in Bil;’in marched in support of the Palestinian state bid at the UN in September.

Troops used tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets also to suppress the anti wall protest in the nearby village of Nil’in. villagers were joined by  Israeli and international supporters after the midday prayers and marched up to the wall. Troops fired tear gas at protesters causing many to suffer from tear gas inhalation.
In southern West Bank, many treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation as troops attacked the anti-wall protest organized in al-Ma’sara village near Bethlehem. Soldiers attacked protesters as they tried to reach land owned by local farmers Israel took for the wall.


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