Saturday, August 27, 2011

Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinians in Qalandiya

PressTV - Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinians in Qalandiya:

Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:41AM GMT
Hanna Qassis, Press TV, al-Quds

Tens of thousands of Palestinians from all over the West Bank headed to Qalandia military checkpoint, located between Jerusalem/al Quds and Ramallah, in order to reach the Holy City and pray in al Aqsa Mosque

during the last Friday of Ramadan and International Al-Quds day.

Occupation forces allowed older Palestinians to cross the military checkpoint but the majority of the Palestinians that were hoping to pray in Jerusalem/al Quds were denied entry, but kept attempting to pass through the checkpoint anyways.

The Palestinians and their international supporters then protested the occupations refusal to allow them to cross the military checkpoint and enter Jerusalem/al Quds and hoped to march to the holy city.

The demonstration was suppressed when Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and rubber plated bullets at the protesters and all around the area of the protest, which lead to the suffocation of
hundreds of Palestinians, international solidarity activists and members of the media. Palestinian youth retaliated by throwing stones at the Israeli forces.

The gas canisters fired by the Israeli forces also injured residents of Qalandia Refugee camp, where the military checkpoint is located. Among the injured was a pregnant Palestinian lady.

As you can see behind me, thousands of Palestinians are protesting in order to enter Jerusalem/al Quds and pray in al Aqsa Mosque. This is one of the activities for International Al- Quds Day and the Palestinians are persistent to pray in al Aqsa Mosque.

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