Israeli Army attack nonviolent protests

Ramallah, (Pal Telegraph)  – PNN- one injured, another arrested, while scores were treated for effects of tear gas inhalation, as Israeli troops attacked on Friday nonviolent protests organized in a number of West Bank communities.

Protests were reported in the villages of al-Nabi Salleh, Bil’in, and Nil’in in the central West Bank, as well as al-Ma’ssara in the south.

One man was injured, scores treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when soldiers attacked the weekly anti wall protest at the village of Bil’in on Friday. International and Israeli supporters joined villagers and tired to reach local farmers lands the army gave back after rerouting the wall there. Troops fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesters injuring the head of the local village committee Iyad Burnat. Many other protesters were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Also on Friday Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti-wall protest in the village of Nil’in, where the residents and their Israeli and international supporters held the Friday midday prayers near the Israeli wall, protestors then marched up to the wall. Troops fired tear gas at protesters causing many to suffer from tear gas inhalation.

In the nearby al-Nabi Salleh, villagers and their Israeli and international supporters marched to local farmers lands Israel took to build a new settlement there. Troops attacked protesters with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. Soldiers then arrested Eyad Tamimi, a local organizer after beating him up. Other residents suffered effects of tear gas inhalation.

International and Israeli supporters also joined villagers at al-Ma’sara village near Bethlehem, southern West Bank. Troops attacked villages before they left the village and did not allow them to reach their lands where Israel is building the wall.  Soldiers fired tear gas at protesters and forced them back into the village. Local sources reported cases of tear gas inhalation among protesters.

(www.paltelegraph.com / 15.07.2011)

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