IDF breaks up Palestinian march on West Bank settlement

By REUTERS
April 26, 2013 16:45

IDF soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse about 500 Palestinian villagers marching toward a Jewish settlement outpost in the West Bank on Friday.

The procession, the largest of its kind for years, followed charges by Palestinians that the Israeli settlers, whose caravans abut village land, had attacked them twice this week.

Around half a million settlers have moved to the West Bank and east Jerusalem since Israel captured the area, along with the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Six Day War. Palestinians want the settlements gone from what they see as their future state.

Men from Deir Jareer, including Christian and Muslim clerics, gathered for Friday prayers on a craggy outcrop between their village and a cluster of half a dozen makeshift settler homes surrounded by IDF jeeps and soldiers.


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