Six Palestinians hurt during weekly anti-wall protests in W. Bank

11:19, April 24, 2010      

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Six Palestinians were hurt, and dozens inhaled tear gas during a weekly anti-separation wall protests on Friday in the village of Bel'ein and other West Bank towns, witnesses said.

Witnesses said dozens of Palestinians backed by members of international solidarity movements and Israeli peace activists demonstrated in the village against the separation wall that Israel builds in the West Bank.

They said that during the protest, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters at the demonstrators, adding that one Israeli-Arab participant, who holds the Israeli nationality was injured in the head by a tear gas canister.

The participants waved Palestinian flags and held banners that condemned the construction of the wall, and other banners that called on rival Palestinian movements of Fatah and Hamas to reconcile and end their feuds.

Palestinian medics said that another five Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets during protests and clashes with the Israeli soldiers in the village of Ne'lein also near Ramallah.

The coordinator of the Popular Committee to resist the wal Salah al-Khawaja told reporters that the Israeli soldiers used tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and percussion bombs to disperse the protestors.

Similar clashes had also erupted with the Israeli soldiers during Palestinian protests against the construction of the wall in the villages of al-Nabi Saleh near Ramallah and al-Walaja near Bethlehem. No injuries were reported.

Two days ago, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad vowed during an international conference held in the village to step up "popular resistance" against the Israeli measures of settlement and the construction of the wall.

Since Israel had decided to build up a wall on the West Bank lands seven years ago, the Palestinians have been carrying out weekly demonstrations and protests against the measure, which confiscated large areas of their properties.

Meanwhile, Palestinian security sources said the Israeli army had earlier on Friday arrested four Palestinians during raids on Palestinian houses in the suburbs of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Source: Xinhua


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