Israel confiscates Al-Khalil village

[ 07/05/2011 – 07:41 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) handed locals land confiscation and eviction notices during an attack Friday on the Um Neir village in Al-Khalil province, the West Bank.

Sources said an officer placed markers around the village of more than 300 dunums as locals tried to rebuild the village demolished by the IOF troops just a day earlier.

The same day, the IOF arrested three foreign activists as well as the coordinator of the national committee for the resistance of settlement activity and the apartheid wall, Mahmoud Zawahira, amid a crackdown on a weekly march in Al-Ma’sara, south of Bethlehem.

”Occupation forces stopped the march from arriving at the separation wall after closing the street and then assaulting the participants. The marchers staged a sit-in there which was followed by the arrest of supporters and the committee’s coordinator,” said the committee’s media spokesman Mohammed Barijiyya.

Hundreds more rallied in Na’lin after the Friday congregation near the separation wall erected west of Ramallah.

After prayers, the local protesters accompanied by dozens of foreign supporters marched towards the separation wall raising Palestinian flags and those of the Hamas and Fatah parties that have recently reached a unity deal in Cairo.

When they reached the barrier’s gates, IOF soldiers showered them with tear gas and stun grenades.

The soldiers fired in the air to disperse the crowd. Dozens of protesters were injured after clashes flared between youths and soldiers.



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