Army shuts down anti-wall rally

TULKAREM (Ma’an) –Israeli forces on Saturday attacked four journalists and detained five teenagers at an anti-wall rally in the West Bank district of Tulkarem, witnesses said.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine organized the rally, attended by international and local activists, Tulkarem governor Talal Dweikat and leaders of several factions.

Israeli soldiers attacked journalists covering the rally including Sami As-Sa’i, Mu’ayed Al-Ashqar, Mu’een Shadid and Hazem Bleidi, onlookers said.

Forces detained several protesters, identified by locals as Suheib Abdallha Ash-Shaqra,16, Jala Anwar Abu Sabe, 18, Ihab Fathi Rabeh, 17, and Omer Abu Safa, 19.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said three Palestinians were detained and transferred to Israeli police custody.

She added that forces used riot dispersal means against around 150 protesters who she said were throwing rocks at soldiers.

Witnesses said a senior official of the Peoples’ Party Mohammad Bleidi and two foreign nationals were beaten by Israel soldiers and sustained bruises.

Protesters gathered at the center of Deir Al-Ghusun and marched to the separation wall west of the town, organizers said.

Demonstrators chanted slogans calling for the dismantling of the wall and denouncing the US veto of a UN resolution condemning illegal settlements.

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