On Friday July 16th, 2010, Israeli Occupation Forces suppressed a march in the village of Nabi Saleh (Ramallah District). The march, featuring a number of international activists, condemned the occupation policies of stealing Palestinian water and depriving people of basic necessities. This summer, Nabi Saleh, like a lot of other Palestinian communities has perpetually endured hardships as they have often been cut off from water for days at a time.
When the demonstration reached the entrance of the village, the Israeli Occupation Forces drowned the area in tear gas to disperse the crowd. As a result, a significant number of people suffered from asphyxiation due to the inhalation of tear gas.
Cutting of Palestinians from adequate access to water constitutes a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and an especially cruel treatment in the summer when the heat requires increased intake of water for survival.