|[ 06/03/2011 - 07:26 AM ]|
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Dozens of pro-Palestinian women sustained serious to moderate injuries near Ramallah on Saturday when Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas to disperse a march marking International Women’s Day due March 8.
According to Palestinian sources, victims included a Swedish woman from the ICM foundation, Taghreed Shalalida, an official at the Union of Women’s Action Committees in Al-Khalil, and Maryam Ma’ali, an official for the same committee in Ramallah.
The marchers began waiving Palestinian flags and shouting calls for an end to the occupation in front of the Kalandia refugee camp between Jerusalem and Ramallah. They then advanced towards the Kalandia crossing, an Israeli military checkpoint where Palestinians with permits can leave Ramallah, when soldiers began firing rubber bullets injuring many.
Dr. Nihad al-Akhras, an official of the union of health care committees, has said that many female activists had been hospitalized in Ramallah. He added that some injuries were serious, as the Swedish activist, called ”Cinda”, was instantly knocked unconscious after being hit in the face with a stun grenade.
Palestinian activist Nada Tawir said in statements she gave near the checkpoint that Palestinian women want an end to the national split ”for the sake of resistance and confrontation of all settlement projects that indiscriminately target all that is Palestinian.”