By Ghassan Bannoura
IMEMC News: Seven protesters were abducted, and many others were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly protests organized at the villages of al Nabi Saleh, Bil’in, and Nil’in, in the central West Bank and Kufer Qadum in the northern West Bank as well as Al Ma’ssara village in the southern West Bank.
[Protesters running from tear gas in Bil'in village (image by Ma'an)]
Israeli troops abducted on Friday four international supporters and three local activists as they attacked the weekly anti wall and settlements protest at the village of Al Ma’ssara. Troops attacked the protest before leaving the village and used rifle butts and batons to force people back into the village.
At the village of al Nabi Saleh, Israeli soldiers used tear gas to suppress the villagers and their supporters before even leaving the village. Later troops invaded the village and fired tear gas bombs into residents’ homes. Many residents were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
In the nearby villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin villagers and their supporters, managed to reach the Israeli wall built on local farmers lands. Israeli troops stationed there fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at the unarmed protesters. As a result many civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers surrounded the village of Kufer Qadum and did not allow journalists and international supporters to enter the village to take part in the weekly protest there.
Moreover, troops attacked the protest before leaving the village and fired tear gas at residents. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.