Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dozens injured in attacks on marches in solidarity with prisoners


WEST BANK, (PIC)-- Dozens of Palestinians and foreign activists sustained injuries on Friday afternoon when the Israeli occupation forces attacked the marches that were held in solidarity with prisoners in different West Bank towns.
In Al-Khader town south of Bethlehem, violent clashes took place when Israeli soldiers attacked a march organized this Friday to champion the cause of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails.
Spokesman for the popular committee in Al-Khader town Ahmed Salah said the clashes broke out after the Israeli soldiers started to fire tear gas grenades and rubber bullets at the march leading to the injury of many protestors.
The spokesman noted that the IOF deployed snipers on the roofs of some homes in the town and took one Palestinian young man prisoner during the events.
He added that the IOF declared the eastern entrance of Al-Khader town as a closed military zone and imposed a curfew on it.
In Al-Khalil city, the IOF also dealt aggressively with a similar peaceful march held in Beit Ummar town.
Eyewitnesses told a reporter for the Palestinian information center (PIC) that Palestinian young men responded to the firing of tear gas grenades and rubber bullets and hurled the Israeli soldiers with stones before security forces from the Palestinian Authority intervened in favor of the soldiers.
They added that the Israeli soldiers closed the main entrance of Beit Ummar town and erected barriers, while the PA security forces subdued many angry young men.
The weekly anti-wall march in Qafr Qaddum was also not safe from Israeli attacks.
Organizers of the march said it was dedicated this week to supporting Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails.
East of Jerusalem in Abu Dis town, villagers participated in a march in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners and some of them were attacked with sound and tear gas grenades when they marched towards an Israeli military post.
Dozens injured in attacks on marches in solidarity with prisoners