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Israeli troops fire on women marking International Women’s Day, serious injuries reported

Stun grenade fired at woman’s face

Ma’an – March 6, 2011

RAMALLAH — Israeli forces violently shut down a demonstration led by women north of Jerusalem on Saturday, organizers said.

Border police fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at the protesters marking International Women’s Day at the Qalandiya checkpoint.

The event was organized by minister of social affairs Majeda Al-Masri, a leader in the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and union officials from Hebron and Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

It was not clear how many people were hurt, but union official Nehad Al-Akhras said a Swedish activist was seriously injured by a stun grenade which struck her in the face. She was hospitalized in Ramallah.

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March 6, 2011 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Illegal Occupation, Solidarity and Activism, Subjugation - Torture

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