Israeli forces disperse rally in Hebron, detain man in Beit Ummar

12:00 Jul 12 2011 Beit Ommar (Bayt Immar, Beit Ummar)

HEBRON (Ma‘an) 12 July – Israeli forces dispersed on Tuesday a non-violent rally against settlement construction and closure of shops in the center of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades and tear-gas canisters at the protesters ... The rally was initiated by a local group of Hebron youth called the Coalition Against Settlements. Protesters marched from Bab Az-Zawiya neighborhood toward Ash-Shuhada street. International solidarity activists joined the rally raising slogans demanding evacuation of Israeli settlers from the heart of the southern West Bank city, and re-opening its streets.
Separately, troops ransacked a printer in As-Salam street in Hebron, confiscating property. No arrests were reported.
In the nearby town of Beit Ummar, a few kilometers to the north, Israeli forces raided the home of 20-year-old Muhammad Ahmad Abu Mariyya in the early morning and detained him. On Monday, soldiers stormed a funeral procession in the town and assaulted four young men. Spokesperson of the town’s popular committees, Muhammad Ayyad Awad, said four young men were stopped at the funeral, taken to a military monitoring tower near the northern entrance where the soldiers beat them. He added that some soldiers tried to confiscate a camera he was using.
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