Palestinians, left-wing activists, settlers clash

None hurt in scuffle near Bat Ayin; 2 border police lightly injured in West Bank protests near Nil'in.

Nilin protest Border police 248.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi )
Nilin protest Border police 248.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi )
Palestinians and left-wing activists demonstrating near Bat Ayin on Saturday scuffled with settlers from the area. According to reports, at least 20 demonstrators were approached by settlers when an argument broke out and both sides began throwing stones. Three Palestinians and two activists were arrested following the fight. On Friday, two border police officers were lightly injured during violent protests in the West Bank. The officers were wounded when Palestinians and activists taking part in weekly demonstrations against the security barrier near the Arab villages of Bil'in and Nil'in began throwing rocks at security forces in the area. The forces responded by firing tear gas canisters, according to Army Radio. The activists were protesting against the route of the fence, which separates the villagers from much of their agricultural land. The clashes come in the wake of talk in the security establishment of reviewing the standard procedures for dispersing such protests, following a series of injuries and fatalities. IDF sources note that the army has always made a distinction between 'direct fire' of gas canisters at specific demonstrators as opposed to 'indirect fire' in the nearby vicinity. Yaakov Katz contributed to this report