On Friday, a number of civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti wall protests in the central West Bank villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin.In Bil’in, international and Israeli supporters joined the villagers after the midday prayers and marched to farmers’ lands behind the Israeli wall, which were confiscated after the of the wall.
According to Palestine News Network, when the protesters reached the gate of the wall, stationed troops fired tear gas and sound bombs at them.
The weekly action ended with clashes between local youth and the Israeli soldiers. Also, many people were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Bil’in has been organizing weekly anti-wall protests for the past six years. Earlier this year, the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled in favour of the villagers and ordered the army to remove the wall built on their lands.
Following the court order, Bil’in farmers got back 750 dunums of the originally taken 1,500 dunums. However, the Israeli military still refuses to adhere to the court ruling.
Also in the village of Ni’lin, five civilians were treated for tear gas inhalation after the weekly anti-wall protest ended. The inhalation victims were treated at the local clinic.