At least 21 Palestinian demonstrators were wounded
in a nonviolent anti-wall demonstration in the village of Beliin north
of the West Bank on Thursday, Palestinian sources reported.
The demonstration was organized by the residents of the village in
coordination with Israeli and International peace activists. A
17-year-old Israeli activist was wounded by a rubber-coated bullet in
his chest. His condition was described as moderate.
At least 100 demonstrators arrived at the construction site of the
wall. Border police present at the site started using concussion
grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators.
Eyewitnesses said a journalist of the AFP was also wounded in the demonstration, however no details were reported.
Clashes erupted later between youth from the village and the soldiers
who, according to eyewitnesses, captured a youth and pushed him from a
high edge causing him serious injuries.
Israeli military source reported that the young man fell as he was
chased by the soldiers and denied reports claiming that the soldiers
In a separate incident, Israeli soldiers attacked another peaceful procession against the Wall and land annexations in the
village of Safa, near Ramallah, on thursday afternoon.
A local source in Ramallah reported that soldiers
fired rounds of live ammunition and gas bombs at the protestors. Dozens
suffocated as a result of inhaling gas.
Likewise, the Beliin protest, Israeli and
international peace activists joind the villegers in their nonviolent
resistance to the wall.