Two people were severely injured, and dozens of protesters were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation this week when Israeli troops attacked anti-wall and settlement protests on Friday in four West Bank communities. In the village of Nabi Saleh, in the central west Bank, one man and a journalist were injured when they got hit in the head by tear gas bombs. I international and Israeli supporters along with people of the village tried to march toward local farmers land taken by Israel with the intention of building a settlement. Soldiers stopped them at the village entrance and forced them back using tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Meanwhile, many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation at the nearby villages of Bil’in and Nil’in. Both protests started after midday prayers on Friday. In the two villages, soldiers stationed at the Israeli wall attacked protesters with tear gas and sound bombs.
Also this week, the villagers of Al Ma’ssara, in the south of the West bank and residents of Beit Jala near Bethlehem marched against the wall. Soldiers used tear gas in al Ma’ssara village; many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.