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Protesters say children have attempted to block Israeli tanks in Palestinian village

Protesters in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh say Israeli forces have launched tear gas attacks on children. They say they were carrying out a peaceful demonstration.

Palestinian children take part in a protest against the expansion of the Israeli settlements at Nabi Saleh village near the West Bank City of Ramallah.
Palestinian children take part in a protest against the expansion of the Israeli settlements at Nabi Saleh village near the West Bank City of Ramallah.
Image: EYAD JADALLAH/LANDOV/Press Association Images

RESIDENTS OF THE small Palestinian village Nabi Saleh claim that the Israeli army has used force to quash a peaceful demonstration held weekly in the town.

Nabi Saleh has been a flashpoint in the past with clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops. An activist appeared in court on Sunday charged with incitement and organising protests in the town while a recent article in the Jerusalem Post details how the residents have protested every Friday since 2009. Numerous posts and photos have appeared on Twitter today following another day of protest.

The article reports that 40 per cent of the 200 villagers injured during the protests have been children. It also reports that during a visit to the town in May during a protest Israeli forces surrounded the demonstrators and fired tear gas.

A number of Twitter users have tweeted about children suffering from the effects of tear gas. More recent reports suggest that the Israeli troops are withdrawing from the village.

It comes as Israel launched a campaign in an attempt to stop a Palestinian state from gaining UN recognition. The Guardian reports that the foreign ministry in Jerusalem has sent classified cables to diplomats around the world urging them to vote against recognising Palestine at the UN general assembly in September.

Read more: Israel launches campaign before Palestinian statehood vote>

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