JERUSALEM, Israeli bulldozers proceeded on Friday to block several roads leading to Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, in attempt to prevent activists from reaching the village, which is facing an imminent threat of demolition by the Israeli authorities.
Military bulldozers arrived in the area during the morning hours and proceeded to block the roads to reduce the number of activists who gather every Friday from across the West Bank to the village to show solidarity with it.
Minister Walid Assaf, chairman of the Wall and Colonization Resistance Commission, was among hundreds of protesters who gathered outside the village to protest the closure of its roads and the Israeli plan to demolish the village.
A scuffle later developed with Israeli soldiers who attempted to quell the protesters gathering outside the village, and the soldiers arrested three of the protesters, including a French man identified as Frank Romanio.
In the meantime, hundreds of protesters who were able to reach the village despite of the Israeli road closures performed Friday prayer inside the village to show solidarity with its local Bedouin population who are in danger of forced displacement.
Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency