Friday, December 30, 2011

Several Hurt, Including Photojournalist, in Weekly West Bank Protests

RAMALLAH, December 30, 2011 (WAFA) – A photojournalist and three people were hurt and many others suffered from tear gas inhalation during the weekly Friday protests in several West Bank areas, according to activists.

The weekly protests took place in Nabi Saleh, Bilin, Nilin, and Qalandia, all in the Ramallah area, al-Masara near Bethlehem, Kufr Qaddoum, near Qalqilia, and Kufr al-Dik, near Salfit.

In Nabi Saleh, where protests have been taking place every Friday for the past two years and where a Palestinian was recently killed when a tear gas canister fired by Israeli soldiers hit him in the face, a photojournalist and three other people were injured from tear gas canisters and rubber bullets fired at the protesters.

The photojournalist, Issam Rimawi, was hit by a tear gas canister in the leg and another protester was hit in his hand. The others were hit by rubber bullets.

Nine people were arrested, including two members of the international solidarity movement, said local activists.

The army had closed off the area to prevent activists from reaching Nabi Saleh and earlier in the day raided the village and arrested international activists and took them to an unknown destination.

In Nilin and Bilin, protesters suffered from tear gas inhalation when soldiers fired several volleys of tear gas at the protesters who attempted to reach the wall the army was building on land belonging to the villages to separate them from Jewish settlements built on village land.

At least one Palestinian was hit by a rubber bullet in the neck in Bilin and dozen other local, international and Israeli activists suffered from tear gas inhalation.

In Qalandia, where protests started recently as Israel began building a wall on village land to separate it from Jerusalem, dozens were hurt by tear gas inhalation.

Activists said Israeli soldiers raided the village and fired tear gas directly at homes causing serious harm to residents.

The army also cracked down hard on protesters in Kufr Qaddoum, Kufr al-Dik and al-Masara, where dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

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