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Security forces dispersed some 200 Palestinians and left-wing activists who had conducted a demonstration on the Palestinian side of the Bituniya crossing north of Jerusalem and threw stones at Border Police and IDF soldiers on Wednesday.
Three border policemen were lightly wounded and treated on the spot. Two demonstrators were arrested on suspicion of stone-throwing. The Bituniya crossing was closed to traffic.
The demonstrators, some of which were Israeli left-wing activists, were protesting the arrest of ten Palestinian senior officials during a demonstration in Bethlehem last Sunday.
Meanwhile, about 50 Palestinians were throwing stones at IDF troops near the Shaked crossing, west of Jenin.
In Bituniya, protesters tried to breach the roadblock in an attempt to
reach the Ofer Prison where the Palestinian officials were being held.
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki and former Palestinian
tourism minister Ziad al-Bendak were among those detained at the
protest Sunday. The Palestinians said the senior officials’ trial will
become a massive protest against the “occupation,” as part of an
escalation of the ‘civilian struggle’ announced by Fatah in the past
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