8 detained at anti-settlement rally

10/10/2010 10:43


HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 8 protesters at an anti-settlement rally near Hebron on Saturday.

Three foreign nationals and one Israeli activist were among those detained at the weekly demonstration in Beit Ummar, protesting the confiscation of village land to build the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement, protest organizers said.

The Palestine Solidarity Project said forces also detained locals Khalil Abu Maria, 20, Husien Dhehda Hasen Sleibi,18, Zeid Mohammad Isa Awas ,28, and a fourth resident who was not identified.

In a statement, the PSP said soldiers held down an Israeli activist and sprayed pepper spray directly into her eyes before detaining her.

PSP spokesman Mohammad Ayyad Awad said an undercover unit of plainclothes officers approached the rally from behind to arrest protesters, and added that one of the Palestinians detained was mentally disabled.

Israeli forces launched tear gas canisters and sound grenades at demonstrators, and attacked members of the press, PSP said, adding that some younger Palestinians responded by throwing stones.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces used riot dispersal means against rioters, in response to rocks thrown at soldiers. She added that security forces detained 8 protesters, but could not specify if the officers were undercover.

PSP said around 70 activists participated in the rally, while the army spokeswoman said demonstrators numbered around 30.

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