2330 URGENT Update: Israeli Occupation Forces are staging a major confrontation at Manger Square in Bethlehem proper. They have bombed the sacred mosque that is found here (the birthplace of Jesus and a holy site for Muslims and Christians alike). At least 5 people are dead and at least 30 wounded so far. In addition, IDF is preventing any ambulances from arriving on the scene, allowing innocent people to bleed to death. 300 people, including families, fighters and journalists, are being held prisoners in the three churches of the square. IDF threatens to bomb them if they do not surrender. |
2300 Update: The situation in Bethlehem continues to be intermittent clashes, tanks rolling by, APCs rolling by. IMC-Palestine is experiencing difficulty with communication because of the 24-hour curfew imposed by Israeli occupation forces. The situation continues to deteriorate by the minute, with IDF attacking Red Crescent and UN ambulances, religious buildings, television and communication stations and journalists. We will continue to update as possible. Please keep posting news coming out of Palestine so that we can document these days of Israeli terror.
From the portland indymedia newswire:
- A day in the life of a Palestinian news reporter: "There are tanks all around the city including our building. They have ruined the city..I mean it is in shambles. I have no idea how it will ever be Ramallah again. They have bombed so many buildings, taken over homes, and kidnapped hundreds of men. They actually go on the loud speaker and say, "All men ages 15-30 must come with us." [ Read more ]
- IT'S SARAH AGAIN, Palestinian Reporter: "Yesterday had to be one of the worst. Israelis have gone into all media stations and either taken over them or searched them. Well, the tanks ended up downstairs and they started breaking all the security cameras downstairs. The people across the street then called our office and told us the soldiers had entered our building. So, I get my passport out and put it in my pocket. I run into the corridor and start taping up the letters "TV" really big all over the walls and doors. Then my boss gets the bright idea to put us on the air in the office in case the Israelis come in and actually shoot us." [ Read more ]
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