BIL’IN, NI’LIN, NABI SALEH: Eight injured, one seriously, as Israeli troops attack West Bank anti Wall protests 17Mar12 March 16, 2012
IMEMCĀ -Ā 16 March 2012
Eight civilians were injured, one seriously, on Friday, while many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli soldiers attacked anti wall protests in a number of West Bank villages.
Protests were organized in the central West Bank villages of Bilāin, Nilāin and al Nabi Saleh.
Eight protesters including one international supporter were injured by Israeli fire at a protest in the village of al Nabi Saleh. The international activist was seriously injured when she was hit with many rubber-coated steel bullets fired by Israeli troops.
al Nabi Saleh villagers and their international and Israeli supporters marched after the midday prayers on Friday to protest Israelās confiscation of their lands to build a settlement. Troops attacked the march before they even left the village.
Soldiers invaded the villages and fired tear gas into peopleās homes; many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation. Soldiers also sprayed residents homes with chemical water.
Also on Friday, soldiers used tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets to suppress the anti wall protests at the villages of Bilāin and Nilāin. Many there were also treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
The Bilāin protest was in solidarity with the recent attacks on Gaza and with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Nilāin also marked the anniversary of the killing of US activist Rachel Corrie by the Israeli army in Gaza in 2003. Nliāin also marked the anniversary of the injury of US activist Tristan Anderson. He was shot in the head with a tear gas canister by Israeli troops in Nilāin in March, 2009.
Elsewhere In southern West, villagers of Al Maāssara, along with their international and Israeli supporters protested the Israeli wall. Troops stopped protesters at the village entrance before they reached lands owned by local farmers but which Israel confiscated to build the wall on. Later troops forced people back into the village using rifle-butts. No injuries were reported.