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Protester seriously injured in clashes

Witnesses say man was struck on head with gun by policeman during violent attempts by security forces to clear demonstrators from the road

By Avi Cohen, Kissufim
Published: 08.17.05, 01:42 / Israel News

An anti-disengagement protester has been seriously injured in violent clashes between police and right wing demonstrators at the Gama junction by Kissufim. The disturbance erupted after several of the protesters attempted to block the road to police heading to Gaza to assist the disengagement.

 

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Witnesses have said that the injured man was pistol whipped on the head by a police officer. He fell to the ground unconscious, and was treated on the scene by an ambulance crew which was scrambled to the area. The man was evacuated to hospital.

 

Repeated attempts made to block road

 

The disturbance began when a relatively small number of police was present in the area, and protesters succeeding in blocking the road. Later, reinforcements arrived on the scene, and police officers began violently clearing the protesters. Police successfully dispersed the crowds, but repeated attempts were made to block the road.

 

It was then that police responded by brutally clearing the protesters according to witnesses, and a number of activists were subsequently injured.

 

Following the evacuation of the seriously injured protester to hospital, a police bus arrived, and all protesters were interrogated at the scene. Despite the earlier incidents, the activists managed to block the road again, and burnt tires.

 

Hundreds of police officers were mobilized to the scene of the disturbance and encircled the activists, and soldiers have also been called in to assist the police.

 

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