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The army attacks peaceful protest west of Bethlehem and hurts 70 civilians PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Friday, 22 February 2008 15:13
The army attacks peaceful protest west of Bethlehem and hurts 70 civilians

IMEMC News Officials and members from The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine DFLP joint the villagers of Al Khader today.

Around 1500 villagers, along with a handful of foreigners, and Israeli peace activists marched toward the nearby Israeli settlers' road which is separating the village from it's farm lands. The protest started after Friday prayers were held at the side of the road.

Two speeches were delivered during the protest; one was by Taysser Khaled, a DFLP leader and Samier Jaber from the Al Khader Popular Committee against the Wall and the coordinator of the Popular Committees in Bethlehem.

Shortly after the speeches the army attacked the protesters and showered them with tear gas. Forty Three suffered badly after inhaling gas.

When protesters ended the march, the army chased the local youth to the village of Al Khader and opened fire at them injuring 18, and assaulted 3 among them 2 children.

Jaber told IMEMC that the protest was peaceful and no one had done any thing to provoke the soldiers, "they attacked without any reason" Jaber commented.

Earlier on Friday morning the Israeli army attacked a similar protest near Bethlehem and left four civilians including two children injured.

The DFLP, which is also marking its 39th anniversary, reported that Khalid was wounded in his leg as the army fired dozens of concussion grenades and gad bombs.

Referring to the conflict between Hamas and Fateh, Khalid said in a speech during the protest that Hamas must
Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2008 15:13

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