Israeli troops injure Dane, Palestinians

A Danish woman and more than 40 Palestinians protesting against the separation barrier have been injured during scuffles with the Israeli army in the southern West Bank.

    Foreigners and Palestinians have protested against the barrier

    Maya Gouzare, a 21-year-old Danish volunteer with the peace-advocacy group International Solidarity Movement (ISM), was wounded after being hit in the back by a rubber-coated bullet, medics and peace activists said on Sunday.

    An ISM spokesman said Gouzare underwent an operation at Hebron's al-Ahli hospital, but was expected to face a second surgery later in the day due to complications caused by the bullet.

    In another incident, 14 Palestinians sustained injuries from rubber-coated bullets fired by Israeli security forces trying to break up a demonstration in Bait Awwa village, some 15km west of Hebron, medics said.

    Six of them were taken to hospital, medics said, adding that about 30 protesters were also treated for tear-gas inhalation.

    Palestinian sources said several demonstrators were throwing stones at Israeli forces during the scuffles.

    Work on the southern section of the vast separation barrier was stepped up in September after a double bus bombing in the southern Israeli city of Beir Saba.

    The bombing was carried out by Palestinian fighters from Hebron.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.