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Sunday, 10 July 2011
IOF continues to crack down on West Bank protests
[ 10/07/2011 - 06:06 PM ]
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces cracked down Sunday on peaceful demonstrations welcoming foreign pro-Palestinian activists near the Dome Barrier outside of Bethlehem.
The troops fired tear gas and bullets into the crowd of around 200, causing breathing difficulties to dozens.
The organizers, a Bethlehem resistance campaign, said the march came to compliment the popular movements this week protesting the apartheid wall and the occupation.
Activists celebrated this year the seventh anniversary of the ruling by the International Court of Justice in the Hague condemning the apartheid wall in the West Bank and Jerusalem as illegal.
Separately, several Palestinians were injured and sustained breathing difficulties during an anti-wall and anti-settlement sit-in in the Al-Tawana area south of Al-Khalil province in the West Bank.
Locals said Israeli border guards raided the village and declared it a closed military zone and dispersed protesters sitting on their own land with a barrage of rubber bullets and gas canisters, injuring several locals.
Also on Sunday, dozens of Palestinians backed by foreign activists demonstrated at the separation wall north of Bethlehem in a bid to breach Israel's military roadblock dividing Bethlehem and Jerusalem.IOF troops prevented the protesters' objective by attacking them and threatening to shoot down anyone who proceeded towards the roadblock.