Published Maan News: Friday 16/03/2012 (updated) 17/03/2012
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — At least eight Palestinians and an Israeli activist were injured on Friday during demonstrations in the West Bank, witnesses and activists said.
Israeli activist Naomi Laet, 22, suffered head injuries in Nabi Saleh after being hit by a rubber bullet fired by Israeli soldiers, a statement from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee said.
Israeli forces had earlier entered the village and sprayed protesters with a foul smelling liquid using water cannons. Eight Palestinians were reported injured in the village.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said 40 people gathered there and hurled rocks at army forces, and the army used riot dispersal means. Failing to disperse the crowd, Israeli forces fired rubber bullets, she said.
Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces refused to allow medical crews to reach the injured, holding medics at the entrance to Nabi Saleh.
Three people were also reported injured in a demonstration in the Nablus village of Kafr Qaddum, a Popular Struggle Coordination Committee statement said.
The weekly protest was dedicated to the memory of Rachel Corrie, an American protester who was killed in Gaza nine years ago after being run over by an Israeli bulldozer.
Two demonstrators were injured when Israeli forces fired tear gas projectiles at them. One was hit in the leg and one in the shoulder.
Border police also released a dog which chased after protesters and locked its jaws on Ahmad Shtawi. The incident was caught on tape by Ma’an affiliate Nablus TV.