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[wvns] Weekly anti-wall rally commemorates Christmas

Weekly anti-wall rally commemorates Christmas
Friday 24/12/2010

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) – Two Palestinians and an Israeli journalist were injured Friday as confrontations erupted after Friday prayer in Bil'in, west of Ramallah in the central West Bank.

International activists suffocated tear gas as Israeli forces dispersed the weekly non-violent rally against the wall and settlement expansion. The rally commemorated Christmas this week.

As protestors progressed toward the wall, an Israeli force behind cement barriers fired stun grenades, tear gas canisters, and rubber-coated bullets when the protestors attempted to cross behind the wall. The soldiers chased the protestors through the olive grove.

Palestinian cameraman Auda Abu Rahma, 22, was hit by a tear gas canister in his leg. Another person, 27-year-old Tariq Al-Khateib, was hit by a canister in his leg and an Israeli journalist was also hit in his leg. Dozens inhaled tear gas.

Five protestors wore Santa costumes and distributed empty tear gas canisters presents to the demonstrators.



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