Israeli soldiers ransack village, fire teargas inside homes in Al-Khalil 22May11 May 23, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre -  22 May 2011

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired teargas into citizens homes in the Old City of Al-Khalil on Saturday night and earlier wreaked havoc in a nearby village.

Witnesses said that Jewish settlers during a march in the Old City threw stones at Palestinian homes and burnt Palestinian flags and banners while shouting racial slurs.

They said that soldiers escorting the march fired teargas and sonic bombs at the Palestinians who retaliated to the settlers’ provocations.

The locals said that Palestinian ambulance vehicles carried 8 Palestinians to local clinics to be treated for gas inhalation including four children.

Meanwhile, an Israeli border police patrol stormed the village of Qalqas southeast of Al-Khalil city escorting an officer of the civil administration and military bulldozers. They closed the main road in the village and blocked hundreds from heading to their fields.

Local sources said that the soldiers demolished a sheep pen at the entrance of the village at the pretext of being built without permit and ploughed and destroyed ten dunums of cultivated land.

The inhabitants denounced the destruction streak, and appealed to human rights groups to expose the occupation’s crimes.

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