Violent confrontations erupt near Bil'in

November 11, 2005 14:29


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Violent confrontations erupted again between the security forces and Palestinian and Israeli protesters on Friday near the Palestinian village of Bil'in west of Ramallah. The protesters gathered near the West Bank village, as they do every Friday, to demonstrate against the building of the security fence that was planned to pass nearby. Twenty protesters and two soldiers were wounded during the fracas that ensued, including two protesters who were hit in the head with rubber bullets. Still, some of the protesters managed to reach the planned route of the security fence and disrupt the work conducted by the bulldozers. According to Israel Radio, the protesters claimed the Israeli forces beat them with clubs in order to disperse the riots. South of Bil'in, in the village of Bet Likia, protesters succeeded in approaching the already-completed security fence and cutting it.

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