Saturday, September 21, 2013

Israeli forces manhandle EU diplomats, seize West Bank aid

Israeli forces manhandle EU diplomats, seize West Bank aid:
* EU diplomats try to help Palestinians in demolished hamlet

* Soldiers throw sound grenades, grapple with diplomats

* Drive away truck with emergency aid and tents (Adds Israeli army and British comment)

By Noah Browning

KHIRBET AL-MAKHUL, West Bank, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers manhandled European diplomats on Friday and seized a truck full of tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished this week.

A Reuters reporter saw soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank, and yank a French diplomat out of the truck before driving it away.

"They dragged me out of the truck and forced me to the ground with no regard for my diplomatic immunity," French diplomat Marion Castaing said.

"This is how international law is being respected here," she said, covered with dust...