[News] Scores Injured as Israeli Troops Attack West Bank land Day Protests
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Fri Mar 30 11:06:21 EDT 2012
Scores Injured as Israeli Troops Attack West Bank land Day Protests
author Friday March 30, 2012 15:49author by George Rishmawi & Ghassan
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Thousands of Palestinians marked land day, on Friday, Palestinian
sources said that 100 civilians were injured when Israeli troops
attacked protesters in Ramallah and Bethlehem cities.
Marking the 36th anniversary of land day today Palestinians and their
supporters marched for Jerusalem demanding an end to the Israeli
occupation of the city. Protests were organized near the Israeli
Lebanese borders as well as the borders with Jordan.
The Land day commemoration started in 1976, when Palestinian
residents of the Galilee to the Negev protested Israel's plan to
expropriate thousands of dunams of land for security and settlement
purposes. Israeli military and police attacked the protests leaving 6
killed, hundreds injured.
Today After the midday prayers, people marched from Ramallah city,
central West Bank, towards Qalandiya checkpoint that separates
Ramallah from Jerusalem.
Troops fired tear gas and sound bombs then later used rubber-coated
steel bullets. 80 Palestinians were injured. Witnesses told IMEMC
that among those injured were two Palestinian medics.
In Bethlehem 20 residents were injured, seven were moved to
hospitals, when soldiers fired tear gas and sound bombs at land day
protesters. The marchers were first stopped by the Palestinian
security forces however they managed to reach the gate of the wall
separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem. As protestors reach the gate,
youth threw rocks and firebombs at the wall and the nearby military tower.
"We are here to tell the Israeli occupation that Jerusalem is
Palestinian and will never forget it." One of the protesters told IMEMC.
Israeli troops responded by firing tear gas and sound bombs. A source
from the Palestinian Red Cresent Society told IMEMC that one resident
was hit with a tear gas canister in his back causing burns and bruises.
The wounded was identified as Yousef Sharqawi from Bethlehem. Another
activist from the US was hit with a tear gas canister in his head and
was transferred to the hospital for medical treatment. Field medics
said his wound is moderate.
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