Anti-Israeli Protests Spark Clashes In Kashmir

18 July 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: Anti-Israeli protests broke out across the Valley after mid-day prayers on Friday, sparking clashes with security forces at several places, including the city here. The protests took place at dozens of locations in the region, including the districts of south and north Kashmir. In the summer capital here, the largest demonstration was held outside the Jamia Masjid in the old city where several hundred youth shouted slogans in solidarity with the Palestinians and in favour of al-Qaida and Taliban, eye-witnesses said. The protesters later attempted a march, which the police intercepted, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and security forces personnel. Another clash between anti-Israeli protesters and security forces took place in north Kashmir's Sopore town where residents alleged that three people suffered injuries. In south Kashmir's Anantnag district, police used tear smoke shells to disperse a large anti-Israeli demonstration, which triggered clashes in the town, while at Qoimoh, in the adjoining Kulgam district, a protester reportedly suffered a bullet injury and was admitted to a Srinagar hospital. The clashes also broke out at Tral town, locals said. The protests were also held in various parts of Srinagar, in south Kashmir's Pulwama and Shopian districts and in north Kashmir's Baramulla and Bandipora districts, sources said. The separatist group led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani had called for today's protest to express solidarity with the Palestinians. In New Delhi, two PDP parliamentarians staged a walked out from the Lok Sabha to protest the BJP-led central government's 'continued refusal to act' over the 'unabashed atrocities' committed on Palestinians, the party said in a statement. The PDP said its president Mehbooba Mufti, who represents south Kashmir's Anantnag constituency, and Tariq Hameed Karra, who represents central Kashmir's Srinagar constituency, walked out of the House while urging the BJP-led government to 'use its influence to stop the aggression' on Gaza.