Report: French woman wounded by IDF gas grenade in West Bank demonstration
Palestinian sources say woman hit at close range by Israeli army at weekly Nabi Saleh protest.
A French citizen was seriously wounded on Friday after being hit by a gas grenade in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, Palestinian sources reported. According to the reports, the grenade was fired at a demonstration by IDF forces. The French woman was taken to the hospital.
Last December, a Palestinian protester sustained head injuries after being hit by a tear gas grenade that was fired at close range by an Israeli soldier from inside a patrol jeep. The protester, Mustafa Tamimi, 28, died from his wounds the next day.
The weekly Nabi Saleh demonstrations take place to protest the expropriation of land for the nearby settlement of Halamish.
After the death of Tamim, figures in the army's Central Command said the soldier who shot at him claimed he "didn't see" Tamimi. However, the IDF's rules of engagement prohibit the firing of tear gas grenades from a rifle pointed directly at demonstrators or from a distance of less than 40 meters away. They also stipulate that the shooter must use the rifle sight and verify that no one is in the line of fire. Central Command and the Military Police are conducting separate investigations into the incident.
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