Kalandia checkpoint closed due to violent protests

Border policeman slightly injured by thrown rocks

Date: 05/06/2011, 2:30 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

A border police soldier was slightly injured on Sunday (June 5) from rocks thrown at the Kalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem, during a violent protest led by 200 Palestinians as part of “Naksa Day” events. The soldier received immediate medical care and was later transported to a hospital for further treatment.

In response to the violent acts and after a situational assessment was conducted, security forces decided to close the checkpoint after burning tires were hurled into the area. The demonstrating Palestinians began throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at security forces, who responded with riot control means.

Security forces dispersed a violent disturbance near Elon Moreh in the West Bank, where dozens of Palestinians were demonstrating. The demonstration was dispersed by security forces and no injuries were reported. Also in the West Bank, Palestinians threw rocks at a kindergarten in a Jewish town in the Beit Hadassah region. The children were brought inside the building and no injuries were reported.