Israeli forces attack West Bank women's day march

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Published Saturday, March 8, 2014

Israeli occupation forces on Saturday fired stun grenades and tear gas at dozens of protesters marking International Women's Day near a West Bank checkpoint, injuring at least 11 women, local media reported.

Ma'an News Agency said the women suffered from tear gas inhalation after soldiers attacked them at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the central West Bank.

The Qalandiya checkpoint separates Ramallah, the administrative capital of the West Bank, from Jerusalem, which has been Palestine's historical capital before Israel's occupation of the country.

The women had attempted to march past the notorious checkpoint to assert their right to enter their capital, organizers of the march were cited as saying by Wafa news agency.

"We are trying to revive the role of women in the popular struggle [against Israel], to maintain the Arab identity of Jerusalem, and to boycott Israeli goods," Intissar al-Wazir, head of the General Union of Palestinian women, told Wafa.

"The march towards the Qalandiya checkpoint today confirms the participation of women in the struggle against the Israeli occupation," Khalida Jarrar, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, added.

Watch footage from the march:

(Al-Akhbar)

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