Tuesday, May 10, 2011

IOF Open Fire on a Peaceful Demonstration against 'Security Buffer Zone' in North Beit Hanoun

Al Mezan

At approximately 11:40am on Tuesday 10 May 2011,the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire on protestors taking part in the weekly demonstration against the 'security buffer zone' near the border fence.
According to Al Mezan's field investigations, at approximately 11:10am on Tuesday 10 May 2011, a group of 80 Palestinians, four internationals, and some journalists moved towards the northern borders. Demonstrators were about 100 meters from the border fence when the IOF fired at them. The demonstrators left the area immediately. As a result, Fedaa' Az-Za'aneen sustained light injury in the hand as she fell on the ground while she was escaping the place.
Volunteers from the ‘Local Initiative’ in Beit Hanoun announced they would organize weekly demonstrations against the 'security buffer zone' in the border area to express their solidarity with Palestinian farmers who live near the borders and cannot access their land. The Local Initiative had halted their demonstrations for two months, but resumed the activity this week. They announced a similar demonstration to be organized every Tuesday.