Israeli Occupation Forces invaded Ein Hijleh in the early morning of February 7. Activists reported that at approximately 1.25 am Palestinian time/10.25am Australian time that hundreds of IOF entered the village firing teargas and sound grenades. Later reports from activists suggest up to 1000 members of the Israeli Occupation Forces had been deployed to attack the village. Activists tweeting live from the village reported IOF badly beating men, women and children. A number of women activists said they had been pushed into fires and the children in the village, who had been earlier celebrating birthdays of two of the children were being screamed at and pushed around. The IOF also brought in bulldozers to destroy much of the work that the residents of Ein Hijleh have done over the last week. Palestine TV ran an live feed of the IOF attack but their feed was cut by the IOF.
Activists say they were loaded on to buses and taken to Jericho. At least 41 were injured, many requiring hospitalisation. Some were placed in ICU units.
Activists have stated that despite the attack by the IOF, this is not the end of the Mileh al-Ard (Salt of the Earth) campaign and they will continue to oppose Israel's occupation and ethnic cleansing policies.
in solidarity, Kim
For my previous posts on Ein Hijleh, including photo round ups and video:
Day 1 (part 1): click here Day 1 (part 2): click here
Day 2: click here Day 3: click here
Day 4. click here Day 5: click here
Day 6, click here Day 7: click here
Video roundup from Ein Hijleh: click here