[News] Palestine - At Least 17 Including 7 Reporters Injured As Army Attack Bab Al-Shams Again

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Tue Jan 15 19:28:31 EST 2013

  At Least 17 Including 7 Reporters Injured As Army Attack Bab Al-Shams

author Tuesday January 15, 2013 18:33author by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

Palestinian medical sources reported that at least 11 nonviolent peace 
activists, and 7 reporters, have been injured when Israeli soldiers 
attacked a group of activists trying to reach the Bab Al-Shams, the new 
village project meant to counter the illegal Israeli E1 settlement plan 
in occupied East Jerusalem. Several activists have been kidnapped.

Several activists were injured in their legs and arms, while one was 
injured in the chest and another was injured in the head.

The army prevented dozens of residents from reaching Bab Al-Shams but 
several youths managed to reach it, and the army started firing gas 
bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets, and chased dozens of residents in 
the surrounding hills, Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the Popular 
Committee Against the Wall reported.

The army also prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching the area to 
provide the urgently needed care for wounded residents, and also 
prevented dozens of reported from performing their duties.

On their Facebook page, the Bab Al-Shams activists quoted one of the 
activists stating that approximately 200 persons were trying to reach 
Bab Al-Shams, and added that several activists are stuck in the 
mountains around in the area while Israeli military helicopters 
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Two of the wounded reporters have been identified as Nasser Shiokhy and 
Mahmoud Oleyyan.

Abir Qubty, a local nonviolent activist stated that ten activists, 
including herself, initially managed to reach Bab Al-Shams, and that the 
army is arresting them, and added that earlier a few more activists were 
kidnapped by the army.

Later on, in a tweet from her Phone, Qubty said she and the rest of the 
kidnapped activists were in a police vehicles taking them to an unknown 
location, and that they were attacked and beaten by the police.

In a Facebook post published approximately 45 minutes ago, Bab Al-Shams 
reported that 22 of the kidnapped activists have been released at the 
Hizma roadblock, and added that it is likely that more activists are 
still detained.

Abdullah Abu Rahma told the Bethlehem 2000 Radio that dozens of 
activists managed to reach Bab Al-Shams by staging a fake wedding 
convoy, and after they were allowed through a military roadblock, they 
went to the village and started their nonviolent protest.

It is worth mentioning that more nonviolent activists are heading to the 
area determined to enter and rebuild Bab Al-Shams.

Bab Al-Shams activists said that they are determined to return to the 
Palestinian lands, adding "nothing can stop us", sending a message to 
the occupation that this Palestine and that Palestinians have the right 
to build and inhabit it.

Bab Al-Shams was established in response to the illegitimate Israeli 
decision to build thousands of units for Jewish settlers in the "E1" 
area in occupied East Jerusalem, by illegally confiscating thousands of 
Dunams of Palestinian lands.

Some of the activists who made it to Bab Al-Shams raised the Palestinian 
flag declaring their determination to rebuild the tent village that the 
evicted by force last Sunday after the soldiers violently attacked the 
activists camping there.

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