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Israeli army sprays toilet water at Bil'in protesters

Aug. 8, 2008 5:45 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 8, 2008 5:45 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces used a new weapon against Bil'in protesters on Friday, and opened up streams of contaminated water on Palestinians, Israelis and international activists protesting the construction of the separation wall on village lands.

Protesters gathered at the center of the village and moved towards the construction site. Once they arrived at the site and chanted - while raising photos of the murdered children Ahmed Husam Yousif Musa and Yousif Ahmed Amera - slogans against the occupation soldiers and their officers that command them to shoot unarmed civilians.

Soldiers soon began firing tear gas and then pulled out hoses and sprayed water at the group. Several protesters were immediately sick after they were sprayed with the water. The Bil'in popular committee against the wall plans to have samples of the water taken in for analysis.

According to villagers, this is the first time that contaminated water has been used as a weapon against peaceful protesters. It is thus added to the arsenal of tear gas, many types of rubber bullets, clean water, water mixed with gas, sound bombs, saltballs (small bags of salt designed to explode on impact) , and sackbeans (fabric beanbags about the size of a tea bag filled with lead pellets fired at protesters).

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