Israeli army injures two Palestinians in W. Bank rally

08:21, April 23, 2010      

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Two Palestinians were injured Thursday when Israeli forces repressed a peaceful rally against the building of the West Bank barrier near Bethlehem city, witnesses said.

The witnesses said that the Israeli army also arrested an international peace activist and beat the demonstrators who gathered in Beit Jala community near the holy city.

The injured were taken to hospital after they were beaten and inhaled tear gas, the witnesses added.

There is no official comment from the Israeli military.

The demonstration was organized after Israeli bulldozers started leveling Palestinian lands to annex them to the route of the concrete wall Israel has been building across the West Bank since 2002.

The wall is aimed at providing security for Jewish settlements built in the West Bank which was occupied in the 1967.

As settlements prevent peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians from resuming, the Palestinian National Authority ( PNA) has recently announced its support to "the popular resistance " which is based on rallies and public activities against the settlements and the wall.



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