Palestinians demonstrate near Bituniya

Three border police officers lightly hurt as security forces disperse rioters.

Police Old City riots 311 (photo credit: Associated Press)
Police Old City riots 311
(photo credit: Associated Press)
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 toreach the Ofer Prison where the Palestinian officials were being held.
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki and former Palestiniantourism minister Ziad al-Bendak were among those detained at theprotest Sunday. The Palestinians said the senior officials’ trial willbecome a massive protest against the “occupation,” as part of anescalation of the ‘civilian struggle’ announced by Fatah in the pastfew days.