Palestinians clash with Israeli troops after anti-wall protests

14:00, July 23, 2011      

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Dozens of Palestinians clashed on Friday with Israeli soldiers during the weekly protests organized in the West Bank against the separation wall and the expansion of settlement, witnesses said.

The witnesses said that the demonstrators including foreign peace activists clashed with the Israeli soldiers in several West Bank villages against the Israeli policy of settlement's expansion and the construction of the wall.

The soldiers fired tear gas canisters at the protesters in the village of Bel'ien near Ramallah in the West Bank. Several demonstrators inhaled the tear gas and were treated on the spot.

Palestinian security sources also said that Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets at the demonstrators. After several tear gas canisters were fired. Several olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers were also burned.

The weekly Palestinian protests were organized by the popular committee to resist the wall and the settlement in the village. Former European parliament activists had also joined the protests as well as Palestinian-Americans.

Meanwhile, several protesters were lightly injured by the rubber bullets during a demonstration organized in the town of Beit Ommar near Hebron in southern West Bank.

On Friday, several areas in the West Bank had witnessed clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers, where dozens of Palestinians inhaled tear gas and some of them were lightly hit by rubber bullets.

The Palestinians have been organizing weekly protests in the West Bank since Israel begun to build the separation wall on the lands of the Palestinians in the West Bank more than seven years ago.

The peaceful protests against Israel are backed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian National Authority ( PNA).



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