Soldiers Arrest 11 People as they Attack Anti-Wall Protests | Feb 25, 2011

25.02.11 – 16:23| PNN – Palestine News Network

Hebron – PNN – This Friday Anti wall protests were organized this Friday in the village of al-Ma’ssara and Hebron old city, southern West Bank as well as Bil’in, Nil’in and Nabi Saleh in central West Bank.

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Troops used tear gas and sound bombs to stop a protest people organized in Hebron old city. Scores of Palestinians along with international and Israeli supporters marched in Hebron old city on Friday demanding the opening of Shuhada Street there. Israeli keeps the street closed for Palestinians since 10 years and only allows settlers to use it.

As people reached Shuhada street soldiers attacked them and arrested ten, including a Palestinian journalist. Many were injured by the soldiers attack. The protest ended  as local youth clashes with Israeli soldiers. Palestinian police which control parts of the city, stopped the Palestinian youth and did not allow journalists to document, witnesses told PNN.

In the village of al-Ma’ssara, between Bethlehem and Hebron, soldiers stopped people from reaching their lands Israel is building the wall on; protesters were forced back to the village by soldiers. Israeli and international supporters joined the villagers in al-Ma’ssara for their weekly anti wall protest.

In central West Bank villages of Bil’in, Nil’in and Nabi Saleh today’s protests against the wall condemned the US veto on anti settlement resolution by the UN Security council last week and in support of the Libyan people.

In Bil’in, As has been the case every Friday for the past six years, international and Israeli supporters joined the villagers after the midday prayers and marched up to the gate of the wall separating villagers from their lands.

Soldiers stationed at the wall-gate attacked people with tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets, one man form Bil’in was injured in his hand and many others were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation. In 2007 the Israeli high court of justice ruled that the Annexation wall in Bil’in was illegal and should be rerouted giving the villagers half of the lands taken to build the wall. The army still refuses to implement the court order.
In the nearby village of Nil’in Israeli and international supporters marched with villagers after midday prayers to the wall. A number of protesters suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Two men were slightly injured another Israeli activist was arrested by Israeli soldiers as they attacked the weekly anti wall and settlements protest in the village Nabi Saleh. Soldiers forced people back to the village using tear gas and sound bombs then attacked people’s homes with tear gas. The weekly protest ended with clashes between local youth and soldiers.

 


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