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World Briefing / Israel

American injured in West Bank clashes

March 14, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A demonstrator from California was seriously wounded in a clash between protesters and Israeli troops over Israel's West Bank barrier.

Peace activists with the International Solidarity Movement said Tristan Anderson of the Oakland area was struck in the head by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops.

"He's in critical condition, anesthetized and on a ventilator and undergoing imaging tests," said Orly Levi, a spokeswoman at the Tel Hashomer hospital in Tel Aviv. She described Anderson's condition as life-threatening. Neither the hospital nor the military had any details on how Anderson was injured.

The protest, which involved about 400 people, took place in the West Bank town of Naalin, where Palestinians and international backers frequently gather to protest. Israel says the barrier is necessary to keep out Palestinian militants. But Palestinians view the barrier as a thinly veiled land grab because it juts into the West Bank at multiple points to encompass Israeli settlements.

The military says the area where the protests take place is a closed military zone off-limits to demonstrations.

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