Israeli Troops use Gas to Suppress Anti-Wall Protests
On Friday many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation as soldiers suppressed anti wall protests organized in a number of West Bank villages. The protests were in solidarity with political detainee in Israeli Jails Hana Ash-Shalabi, who is on hunger strike for 16 days in protest of her captivity.
In central West Bank, troops attacked the weekly anti wall protests organized at the villages of Bil’in, Nil’in and al Nabi Saleh. Israeli and international supporters joined villagers after the midday prayers at all three locations.
Soldiers fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesters in al Nabi Saleh before they left the village, moreover troops invaded the village and fired tear gas at residents homes, many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Meanwhile at the nearby Bil’in and Nil’in, Israeli soldiers attacked protesters as soon as they reached the wall with tear gas. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation at both locations.
In southern West Bank also on Friday villagers of Al Ma’ssara, along woth their international and Israeli supporters protest the Israeli wall. Troops stopped protesters at the village entrance before they reached lands owned by local farmers that Israel took over to build the wall on. Later troops forced people back into the village using rifle buts. No injuries were reported.
(www.imemc.org / 02.03.2012)