By Chris Carlson
International Middle East Media Center: Forty-one activists have been injured, during a raid on Ein Hejleh protest village, in the Jordan Valley.
Activists told the Palestinian News Network (PNN) that 41 activists suffered injuries from rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters after Israeli forces raided the village, on Friday at 4 am.
Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and acoustic bombs at the village before raiding it. According to the activists, forces began beating villagers with batons and proceeded to expel them from the village, declaring it a closed military area.
A number of journalists were also assaulted in the attack.
In related news, Ma’an News Agency reports that a group of Palestinian and international activists, on Friday afternoon, established a new protest village in the Jordan Valley, only hours after Israeli forces raided and destroyed Ein Hajla.
DFLP central committee member Bassa Maslamani told Ma’an that dozens of activists had established the protest village in al-Jiftlik, in order to reiterate that the region is a Palestinian area, referring to Israeli plans to annex the Jordan Valley as part of peace negotiations.
The new protest village was set up in al-Joula, in the Jiftlik area of the northern Jordan valley, on Friday.