Eight Leftists Hurt in Clash With Police at Rally Against Separation Fence

Delegation of visiting dignitaries were wounded on Friday in another protest against West Bank fence.

Eight left-wing activists protesting against the separation fence on Sunday were lightly wounded in clashes with police near the West Bank village of Na'alin.

Witnesses said a combined contingent of Israel Police and Border Police hurled tear gas grenades at a group of over 150 demonstrators who gathered to protest the planned construction of the fence in the area.

According to Channel 2, the Israel Defense Forces maintained that the troops did not use disproportionate force and that they only acted in response to protestors who threw stones at them.

On Friday, the vice president of the European parliament, an Italian judge and a Northern Irish Nobel Peace prize laureate were among the five people injured at the weekly demonstration against the separation fence in another West Bank town, Bi'ilin.

The three dignitaries - Giulio Toscano, Luisa Morgantini and Mairead Corrigan Maguire - were visiting the Palestinian village as part of a three-day international conference on non-violent resistance, which ended Friday.

The other two casualties in the clashes between protesters and security forces were Palestinians.