Palestinian, Israeli hurt in West Bank

March 16, 2012 - 2:06 PM
Mideast Israel Palestinians

An Israeli police dog attacks a demonstrator during a protest in the village of Kufr Qaddum near the Israeli settlement of Kdumim in the northern West Bank, Friday, March 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Soldiers unleashed a dog at a Palestinian protester, and Israel's army said it fired a rubber bullet at an Israeli protester, in two separate incidents in the West Bank on Friday.

An AP photographer witnessed the dog chasing down the Palestinian protester, grabbing him by the arm and dragging him to the ground. Video footage released by activists showed soldiers struggling to get the dog to release his clamp on the man.

A military official said soldiers unleashed the dog after the protester hurled rocks at them. The man was treated on the scene by army medics, and then arrested along with another protester, said the official, speaking anonymously according to army regulations.

The incident took place in Kufr Qaddoum in the northern West Bank. Protesters were marking the anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, an American protester run over by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, said Jonathan Pollak, an Israeli activist.

In a separate incident Friday, an Israeli woman was protesting alongside Palestinians against Israeli policies in the West Bank when soldiers fired a rubber bullet which hit her head, Pollak and the military said.

She was evacuated to a Palestinian hospital where she was treated for light injuries, said hospital director Ahmad Bitawy.