Dozens wounded, arrested in IOF quelling of Bilin conference

[ PIC 11/04/2012 – 06:34 PM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Dozens of local and foreign activists were either wounded or detained when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) cracked down on participants in the 7th international Bilin conference near the Ibrahimi mosque in Al-Khalil on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses said that participants on the second day of the conference, which was organized in the Old Town near the Ibrahimi mosque, decided to go on a tour in the vicinity of the mosque.

They said that the IOF soldiers present in the area intercepted their march and quarreled with foreign activists, four of whom were injured in the incident.

The witnesses said that 11 participants were arrested including 7 locals and 4 foreigners.

For his part, Rateb Abu Rahme, a member of the anti-wall committee in Bilin, said in a statement that IOF soldiers and Jewish settlers intercepted the march of the activists.

He said that a French woman and dozens of locals were injured in the squabble and many others were taken to an unknown detention center.

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