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Palestine: Clashes, attacks and abductions in Bethlehem and Jerusalem

7th May 2014
Palestine: Clashes, attacks and abductions in Bethlehem and Jerusalem


[Many Palestinians injured near entrance to Al Aqsa Mosque]
By Chris Carlson
International Middle East Media Center: With the protection of the army, hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed an agricultural area in the village of Nahhaleen, to the west of Bethlehem, on Tuesday, according to Ahmad Sukkar of the nearby Wadi Fukin village council.

Around around 300 settlers, accompanied by armed soldiers, stormed the area and sabotaged agricultural property owned by local residents, in addition to performing religious rituals and preventing farmers from reaching their own land, he said, according to WAFA.
Settlers also previously attacked a courtyard for children, where they performed religious rituals, upon doing so.
It is of note that settlers have recently intensified their attacks against Wadi Fukin, where they pump waste water from the illegal settlement of Beitar Illit, nearby, onto the village’s land.
Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, Israeli police injured almost a dozen of Palestinians and abducted three others during clashes which broke out in the vicinity of Old City Jerusalem.
Police fired a barrage of stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, injuring about dozen people who gathered near Bab Hatta (Hatta Gate), leading to al-Aqsa mosque, after being denied entry.
Three people were taken to a hospital, while others were treated on site.


Police also took three Palestinian-Israelis, including one of the mosque guards.
On Monday,a number of Palestinians were injured, and three were detained in the Old City of Jerusalem, during similar clashes, according to medic Iyad Abu Sneineh, who said 15 people were injured, including five who were taken to hospital for treatment.
Among the injured, Ma’an reports, was a man shot in the chest with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and an elderly woman hit in the foot by a stun grenade.
Israeli forces also beat and arrested three people in the same area. The arrested were identified as the imam of al-Bahr mosque in Jaffa Mohammad Ayesh, Salih Sweiti, 22, and Hussam Seder.

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