Israeli Troops Attack Protests Across The West Bank, Injuries Reported
Wednesday November 14, 2012 19:29 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News
Israeli troops attacked on Wednesday at midday a number of protests organized in various West Bank communities demanding freedom and end of the occupation.
Protesters Closing Settlers Road 60 Near Bethlehem – Photo by Ahmad Mizhir WAFA
In northern West Bank, protests were organized in the cities of Nablus, Jenin and Qalqilia. Soldiers stopped protests from leaving the cities and reach settlers roads. Troops used rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas to force people back. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
In central West Bank residents and international supporters gathered on busses and tried to reach Jericho city to participate in the one million man march for freedom and end of the occupation near the settlers’ road 90. Soldiers closed the checkpoint at Ramallah entrance and did not allow the busses to leave. Soldiers managed to detain one bus out of 14 that left the city on Wednesday.
Other protests were organized near Ofer military base and the settler only road 343 near Ramallah. Soldiers attacked protesters rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas. Two residents were injured and two arrested near Ofer.
In Jericho people managed to close the settlers road known as road 90. Israeli troops suppressed people using tear gas and sound bombs. No injuries were reported but many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Also protests were organized in Hebron and Bethlehem cities, in southern West Bank.
Clashes were reported between local youth and soldiers who tried to stop protesters. Near Bethlehem, protesters managed to close the settlers’ road number 60 which connects Israeli settlements in southern West Bank with Jerusalem before soldiers came and forced them away using tear gas.