West Bank barrier targeted by protesters

Feb. 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM
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JERUSALEM, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Sources in the Israeli military say protesters dismantled a portion of Israel's separation fence in the West Bank as part of a rally Friday.

The sources, whose identities were not released, said several protesters took down a 98-foot section of the Israeli fence, while others simply crossed the barrier, Haaretz reported.

Among the nearly 1,000 people attending Friday's rally were Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian Parliament.

While Israeli military forces initially allowed the rally to occur, troops dispersed the crowd after a number of protesters threw stones.

One military source said the restraint showed by Israeli forces was evidence Israel was prepared to allow demonstrations against the West Bank barrier as long as such protests remain non-violent, Haaretz reported.

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