PA sources: September rallies will avoid clashes with IDF

August 12, 2011 23:01

Rallies in support of the bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian State in September will take place solely within areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority in order to avoid confrontation with the IDF, PA sources were quoted as saying on Friday.

"Ramallah rallies will be carried out in Manara square, Bethlehem rallies will be carried out in yard of the Nativity Church and so on," Palestinian news agency Ma'an quoted the the sources as saying. "We will not give the [Israeli] occupation any excuse to abuse our children or to kill our residents."

The sources said that demonstrations would be confined to Area A, under full Palestinian Authority civil and security control, and would not spill over into Area C, where the IDF and residents of West Bank settlements have freedom of movement.

The sources added that Israeli media speculation about possible violence resulting from the Palestinian UN bid in September was a ploy to take attention off of Prime Minister Binyamin Netamnyahu's domestic problems with social justice protests occurring across Israel.

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