Clashes at Hebron rally marking mosque massacre
Published Friday 01/03/2013 (updated) 04/03/2013 11:11
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at protesters in Hebron on Friday who had rallied to mark the 19th anniversary of the 1994 massacre of Palestinian worshipers at the Ibrahimi mosque.
The rally in central Hebron, which marked the massacre of 29 Palestinians by a Brooklyn-born settler, was organized by the Hebron committee against the wall and settlements.
Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, hitting a Palestinian Authority police officer in the head with a canister, locals said.
Another police officer was hit by a rubber bullet and both were evacuated to a nearby hospital.
Israeli forces physically attacked several demonstrators, including an Israeli professor from Tarabut, an Arab-Jewish movement for social and political change, locals told Ma'an.
Israeli soldiers detained Ibrahim al-Heih after beating him, witnesses said, and a family of eight was evacuated to hospital after two tear gas canisters were fired inside their apartment, medics told Ma'an.
A tear gas canister also landed inside a home in the Jabal Juhar area, injuring several family members.
"I gathered all the family members in one room away from the tear gas which spread in the house before fire fighters arrived and managed to open the windows for ventilation," home-owner Naim Zallounm told Ma'an.
Clashes also broke out in Beit Ummar and al-Arrub refugee camp.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said 70 people gathered in central Hebron and "hurled rocks, firebombs and burning tires at Israeli forces, who responded with riot dispersal means."