Ramallah – TAMIMI PRESS – Three civilians were injured and many others treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday after Israeli troops violently suppressed the weekly anti-wall protest at the village of al-Nabi Saleh in the central West Bank.
Israeli and international supporters joined the villagers and marched towards the lands taken to build the wall. This week, the march was to mark the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
Israeli soldiers closed down the village in the early morning and as soon as protesters reached their lands, stationed troops fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and sound bombs at them.
An unnamed American supporter was hit with a gas bomb in her leg, 16-year-old Imad Nidal was hit in the arm with a tear gas bomb, and 21-year-old Maha Hussen was taken to hospital after troops fired tear gas into her home while she is inside. Dozens were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation. Soldiers also assaulted journalists, including Bilal Al-Tammemi, a local cameraman. Other troops forced journalists to leave the village, sources told PNN.
On Friday morning, Israeli troops stormed al-Nabi Saleh and searched homes, including those of Bassem and Mohamed al-Tammemi, two local organizers. They threatened them with arrest if either attended today's protest.