Apartheid and Disrespect: Israel fires Tear Gas at Palestinians in Prayer in Solidarity with Libya

Friday, 18 March, 2011 | 15:00 | silwanic

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — Residents of Silwan conducted a public prayer in solidarity with the people of Libya and those martyred in the revolution against the Gaddafi regime today at the Al-Bustan protest tent. The solemnity of the prayer was shattered by Israeli forces positioned in the village who fired tear gas grenades at  Al Daer hill and the protest tent. Palestinian youth worked quickly to evacuate the tent of the elderly in attendance as clashes erupted and spread to the Ein Silwan district and Samer Sarhan Street, Al-Bustan, Bir Ayyub, Baten al-Hawa and Hara Wousta in Ras al-Amoud.

Sound grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets have been fired on protesters by Israeli forces, in addition to the water cannon. Angry youths are hurling stones and Molotov cocktails and burning tires in response. One military jeep has been hit with Molotov cocktails, wounding one officer inside. Settler guards extinguished the flames on the vehicle and the officer was immediately transferred to hospital.





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