Palestinians marks the anniversary of earth day and global march to Jerusalem

Palestinians marks the anniversary of earth day and global march to Jerusalem

Ramallah : Palestine | Mar 30, 2012 at 4:42 AM PDT
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Israeli forces has imposed a general closure on the occupied West on Friday and reinforced patrols along its borders with Lebanon and Syria to try to thwart pro-Palestinian rallies around the country to mark Land Day and global march to jerusalem.

"In accordance with the directives of the Minister of Defense and as part of the situation assessments in the Israeli police and army, a general closure will be implemented in the Judea and Samaria region," a statement said.

The closure was imposed as of 11:59 p.m. (Israel time) on Thursday night and will be removed on Friday at 11:59 p.m. (Israel time), pending an assessment of the security situation in the region.

For the duration of the closure, persons in need of medical attention, humanitarian aid or exceptional cases will be permitted to pass for care, with the authorization of the Civil Administration.

Land Day is held every year on March 30 to mark the deaths of six Palestinians protesters at the hands of Israeli police and troops during mass demonstrations in 1976 against plans to confiscate Arab land in Galilee. This year's demonstrations coincide with the Global March to Jerusalem.

The main march will take place in the Galilee town of Deir Hanna, with around a dozen other demonstrations planned after the weekly Friday prayers across the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.More rallies are planned for the Arab towns inside Israel marking Land Day.

Hamas officials in Gaza said the participants in the rallies will not get close to the borders to avoid any direct contact with Israeli forces.


A Palestinian was killed and over 50 were injured Friday in clashes with Israeli forces during protests of thousands of people in Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem on the occasion of "Land Day."

Mahmoud Zaqout, 20, was killed by Israeli fire near Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, not far from the border with Israel, said in a statement Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesman for the emergencies services in the Palestinian territory ruled by the Hamas.

The Israeli military said soldiers had opened fire after warning shots at a group of Palestinians who were approaching I a "dangerous manner" the Erez border terminal.

In addition, "37 other Palestinians were wounded in the east of Beit Hanoun and Khan Younis," in southern territory in the border area, Abu Selmiya said.

In the West Bank

A thousand people marched towards the site, with Palestinian flags and flags of Palestinian movements. Sources conveyed that at Qalandia 194 people were treated, mostly after inhaling tear gas or chemical liquids sprayed by the Israeli military. Seven were hospitalized for injuries by rubber bullets.

In East Jerusalem

19 Palestinians were hospitalized for injuries, including the local head of the Fatah movement, Omar Chalabi, who was hit by rubber bullet.

According to Ynet news, Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti was hit in the head by a tear gas canister in clashes at the Qalandiya crossing north of Ramallah. Barghouti was taken to a Ramallah hospital, his condition remains unknown.

In Bethlehem,in the southern West Bank, 11 people were hospitalized, including a 20 year old man in serious condition after suffering a gas canister in the head, sources said.

Near Nablus, a thousand Palestinians marched in Kafr Qaddoum in area declared a closed military zone by the Israeli army. 500 others protested in Burin, which is close to the Jewish settlement of Bracha. The clashes left four injured by rubber bullets and one in Kafr Qaddoum.

In Jordan, a sit-in was attended by over 15,000 people, including members of the Islamist opposition and trade unionists, in Kafreïn, near the Dead Sea, about 1.5 km from the border. Waving Palestinian and Jordanian flags protesters waved placards proclaiming "Freedom for Jerusalem and freedom for Palestine" and chanted slogans against the peace treaty of 1994 between Jordan and Israel.

Thousands of Israeli Arabs have also marched in Deir Hanna in northern Israel, waving Palestinian flags and images of six killed in this community in 1976. The "Land Day" commemorates their death during protests against the confiscation of land by the Israeli authorities.

In southern Lebanon near the Israeli border, hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinian refugees protested under tough security measures.

In Damascus, hundreds of Syrians chanted: "We will return to Palestine, we promise to all people and all Arab martyrs that we will come to Jerusalem," and slogans in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Follow this live report for a minute-by-minute account of events as they unfold.

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