Israeli army razes El Araqib Bedouin village for 18th time in PHOTOS 17Feb11 February 19, 2011

The Alternative Information Centre -  17 February 2011

The Bedouin village of El Araqib was attacked by Israeli forces and destroyed for the
18th time on Thursday morning, 17 February. In the later hours of the morning, around
100 residents of the nearby Bedouin city Rahat, some formerly of El Araqib,
arrived at the village to show support and solidarity.

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Israeli forces, however, blocked them from entering. The men and women sat on the road, waiting
for admission to the cemetery to spend time with their friends and relatives. (All photos by and
courtesty of Oren Ziv, Activestills.org
)

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While plain clothes Israeli police officers were negotiating with the visitors from Rahat, the
riot police decided that they needed to leave and began shooting men, women and children with
rubber bullets.

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Because the people were blocked from entered the village, they were forced to flee on the road.
The police chased after them for around two kilometers, at shot tear gas at them. Seven people
were arrested, two of them underage. One of those arrested is Dr. Awad Abu Frieh, the Al Araqib
village spokesperson.

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