Worsening clashes and serious injuries in Qalandiya
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Worsening clashes and serious injuries in Qalandiya

Ongoing clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, with three confirmed head injuries. Injuries are growing as protesters are evacuated constantly and ambulances are moving back and forth. One ambulance hit by Israeli Occupation Forces. Israeli snipers stationed across Qalandiya.

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At 11 am, a massive march started towards Qalandiya checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, organized by the Stop the Wall Campaign, the Alliance of National Democratic Forces and the independent youth movement “Herak Shababiya” on the occasion of 63th anniversary of the Nakba.

The march moved from the camp towards the Qalandiya checkpoint, located inside the West Bank and isolating Ramallah from Jerusalem, and has been targeted immediately by dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers. They fire barrages of tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the protestors, injuring dozens and three of them in the head. Several have been evacuated to the hospital in Ramallah. Clashes still continue.

This protest is part of the mobilization that today sees Palestinians march towards the borders of Palestine and the checkpoints and walls within it to confirm the inalienable right of return for the Palestinian refugees and our right to self-determination.

This protest underlines the power and determination of the Palestinian people: the Palestinian refugees with their history of 63 years of suffering and the Palestinian youth with their urge for a future in freedom and dignity are giving Palestine the necessary hope. Beyond the Wall and Israeli apartheid, our self-determination is possible.

The march was attended by Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, secretary general of al-Mubadara (National Initiative), Bassam Salhi, secretary general of the Palestinian People Party, and Khaleda Jarrar, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as well as other Palestinian Legislative Council members and representatives of democratic forces.

Further updates to come.