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Israeli Soldiers Attack Non-violent Demonstrators

Israeli Soldiers Surround and Attack Non-violent Demonstrators; 6 Palestinians Badly Injured

2pm, Bil'in, nr. Ramallah: Israeli soldiers at today's anti-wall demonstration surrounded and attacked non-violent demonstrators with sound bombs and widespread beatings, badly injuring many Palestinians.

At the time of this release, at least six Palestinians are known to have been evacuated in ambulances after serious injuries from beatings. Many others have been less seriously wounded.

As they approached the gate in the annexation barrier demonstrators found that Israeli soldiers had positioned themselves behind journalists, as well as in front of the gate, surrounding them. Some of the demonstrators tried to non-violently cross the gate. Soldiers attacked the demonstrators from all sides with sound bombs and serious beatings. The soldiers then rushed forward, violently pushing everyone back causing widespread injuries.

Amongst those known to be badly injured by beatings and evacuated in ambulances so far are: Akram al-Katib, Eyad Bournat and Ahmed Abu Rahme from the Popular Committee, as well as a woman named Yahia Abullah Yasin.

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