Thirty Palestinians Injured in Settlers, Army Attack on Village

Published December 3rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By Izzat Ramini - Ramallah 


Thirty Palestinians were injured, including five severely, and two others “very seriously" late Sunday in clashes with the Israeli army and Jewish settlers in the Houssan village near Bethlehem in the southern West Bank, according to eyewitnesses. 

They said that Jewish settlers from the Etar Eileit settlement, supported by the Israeli soldiers, attacked the village from the western side during the sunset breakfast, and opened fire at people in their houses and at worshippers who were leaving the mosque after prayers. 

The village’s entrances were blocked by the attackers to prevent Palestinians from the neighboring villages to come to help. And ambulances were barred from entering the village to take the injured. 

The witnesses added that doctors and medical staff from the neighboring towns and villages infiltrated into the town through mountains and evacuated the wounded to the Yamama Hospital in Beit Jala, while the two critical cases were rushed to the Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem. 

Clashes erupted between the villagers and the invadors for about 2.5 hours, and extended to the nearby Khader village, according to the sources, who added that the power generators in both villagess were damaged. 

Meanwhile, a gunbatle was underway in Beit Jala between armed Palestiniands and the Israeli forces who bombarded the Orthodox Club suburb of the town with tank shells and heavy machine guns. Earlier in the day, 14 palestinians were injured in clashes with the Israeli troops in different areas in the West bank and Gaza, while a large rally was staged in Beit Shaour in which Islamic and Christian leaders took part “to condemn the Israeli aggression.”  

Meanwhile, in an unprecedented move, foreign women residing in Bethelehem marched with their children to the offices of the Red Cross in the town, where they handed the officials a letter addressed to UN chief, Kofi Annan, calling on him to work for the full implementation of the UN resolutions related to the Palestinian issues. 

The women, most of them married to palestinians, condemned the Israeli practises against the palestinians and the closure of the territories “which leads to devastating results on the economic life of the palestinians.” 

In the letter, the protestors said that they are worried from “Israeli policies of demolishing houses and bulldozing farmlands and orchards.” They also denounced “the way Israel deals with the foreign press,” describing it as inhumane and against human rights. 

The women, who moved then to the Church of Nativity, stressed their rights to live in peace in the holy land.  







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