Army Raids Nabi Saleh during Demo, Shooting Rubber Coated Bullets into Houses

By Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 17 May 2012

In clashes that erupted during the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh, army forces invaded the village, shooting rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas canisters into private homes.

Window broken by rubber-coated bullets shot into houses of Nabi Saleh: Oren Ziv/Activestills

Window broken by rubber-coated bullets shot into houses of Nabi Saleh. Picture by: Oren Ziv/Activestills

The weekly protests against settlements and occupation commenced peacefully this week as the army was stationed at relative distance from the demo, near the watch tower at the entrance to the village. A group of Scottish women peace activists who joined the demonstration led the march with chants and liberation songs. As protesters arrived close to the gate of the village, the “skunk” – a water cannon carrying foul-smelling liquid – was used to disperse them. Some small scale clashed then erupted between the army and the local youth during which two were injured: a woman was hit by a tear-gas canister, and a 15 year-old boy was hit in the head by a rubber-coated bullet. The two were treated by medics in the field. Following this, the army slightly retreated and protesters regrouped for another march, which again was met by extensive use of the ‘skunk’, large amounts of tear-gas and rubber coated bullets, which led to the injury of three additional protesters.

Oren Ziv/Activestills

Picture by: Oren Ziv/Activestills

Later some clashes erupted inside the village between local youth and the army. The army then invaded the village with large force, shooting rubber coated bullets and tear gas into private houses, causing damage to property and potentially risking the lives of people inside the houses, including children and elderly. Towards the end of the demonstration some protesters managed to make their way to the watch tower overlooking the village and dismantle some parts of the camouflage net surrounding it. No arrests were reported.