VIOLENT CLASHES, SHOTS RING OUT
The people of Palestine are one! Clashes in Bethlehem, al-Khalil/Hebron and Qalandia checkpoint continue. As confirmation emerged today that Hamas had nothing to do with the “missing” 3 Jewish settler colonists and the terror inflicted on the ‘West Bank’ of Palestine was merely revenge and a political propaganda stunt Palestinians there rose up last night in the largest marches seen in 13 years. Continued tonight, the occupiers have sent thousands of ‘soldiers’ to the flashpoints, dividing its forces between the ‘West Bank’ and Gaza. This comes after a televised statement by Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, proclaiming support to the resistance in Gaza and devastating losses by the invaders of many of its Merkava tanks and “best” soldiers. The ever-timid so-called Palestinian Authority has called for a ‘peaceful’ intifada, as if to bestow upon the occupiers bouquets of flowers and cakes. The people of Palestine have had enough.
26 July, 2014 Ma’an English
The Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade early Thursday claimed responsibility for opening fire on Israeli forces at Qalandia checkpoint, launching a gun battle that they say wounded a number of Israeli soldiers.
The attack came a day after the largest march since the Second Intifada took place at the checkpoint, where more than 20,000 gathered to protest the ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip.
Eyewitnesses said that the gun battle, which took place concurrently with massive marches across the West Bank, lasted at least twenty minutes.
The eyewitnesses confirmed that a group of gunmen shot towards the Israeli soldiers from the vicinity of the separation wall injuring soldiers there, launching a battle between the two sides.
The witnesses told Ma’an that bullets were fired from more than one area near the barrier, as Palestinian militants launched an ambush and fired intensely from three sides onto the Israeli soldiers.
Israeli reinforcements were moved in during the clashes as ambulances rushed to the scene to evacuate the wounded soldiers from the area, eyewitnesses said.
No information was available about the fate of the Al-Aqsa militants.
An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Eleven Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces in protests in solidarity with Gaza in the last four days.