Israeli police and army officers attacked Palestinian protesters who
were protesting peacefully Thursday morning against the massacre in
Beit Hanoun, which killed 20 civilians Wednesday.

The protest, organized by the Aqsa Association whose job is to maintain Islamic holy sites, consisted mainly of school students.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli border police units, who are known for there brutality against Palestinians, and army officers attacked the protesters with batons, rifle buts and tear gas. They also attacked some women who were in the protest; medical sources reported injuries among the protesters.

The organizers said that police managed to take a number of prisoners and now police forces are gathering near the old city area of Jerusalem.

Palestinian residents of Jerusalem announced a three-day mourning for the Israeli army’s massacre of 20 civilians in Beit Hannoun on Wednesday. Schools were closed for the same reason. Sixteen of those massacred were from the same family and more than 40 were injured in the brutal attack.

Israeli radio reported that Israeli police and army officers used force to end a women’s demonstration and added that two police officers were injured doing so.