6 detained at Hebron rally


HEBRON (Ma’an) — Six demonstrators were detained at an anti-settlement protest in Beit Ummar near the West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday.

Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and sound grenades at demonstrators, and declared the area a closed military zone.

An Israeli military spokesman said the army used riot dispersal mechanism to disperse the rally after protestors threw stones, and that six activists who failed to disperse were detained and transferred to Israeli police.

Palestine Solidarity Project spokesman Mohammad Awwad said five of those detained were foreign nationals, and the sixth was a 14-year-old villager Mohammad Fakhri Ikhlayel. He added that Israeli soldiers beat them.

Dozens of international activists attended the protest despite road blocks erected by the Israeli army, Awad said.

The spokesman further said that a toddler Shatha Abu Hashem was injured when the shrapnel of a sound grenade hit her foot.

Weekly rallies are held in Beit Ummar to demand an end to the confiscation of village land. The illegal Israeli settlement Karmi Zur is built of 50 dunums of privately owned Palestinian lands, according to Israeli organization Peace Now.

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