Woman Sets Self on Fire to Protest Gaza Evictions
A middle aged woman set herself on fire as part of massive protests against the evacation of the Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli troops Wednesday entered the largest Jewish settlement in Gaza, Neveh Dekalim, to evacuate as many as 4,000 people, many of whom had barricaded themselves inside a synagogue. In protest against the evacuations, a 54-year-old woman in the Israeli city of Netivot set herself on fire Wednesday, police said. She was taken to a Beer Sheva hospital in serious condition. A protest was being held at a junction nearby, authorities said.
In Neveh Dekalim, unarmed Israeli soldiers led or carried away settlers or protesters who had infiltrated the settlements. Some of them were angry and tearful. Buses full of troops and policemen were brought in to transport them. “I don’t want to, I don’t want to,” screamed one woman as she was carried away, The Associated Press reported.
Officials said four troops would be brought in for every person refusing to leave. The buses transported settlers to temporary housing.