RAMALLAH, Feb 28 (JMCC) - Fifteen people were injured and eight got arrested during clashes on Monday between security forces and settlers in the West Bank settlement
of Havat Gilad.
Civil Authority forces accompanied by police arrived at the settlement to demolish illegal compounds and structures. Upon their arrival, settlers threw stones and police special forces retaliated with rubber bullets and smoke grenades, the locals reported.Five settlers were arrested in the tent, on suspicion they were concealing weapons on their persons. Another man was arrested on suspicion of throwing stones, and two more were detained for allegedly cutting down olive trees belonging to Palestinians.
Yehuda Cohen, 22, who resides in the settlement, says a plastic bullet hit him in the back. At 4:30 we were awakened by cries of an evacuation. I stepped out of the door and saw that the farm was surrounded by officers and special forces. A few of us came round from the side, but they shined lights in our eyes and said, 'You better start running', he recounted.
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