September 22, 2013
Israeli troops have used force to disperse a group of European diplomats, who attempted to hand out tents to Palestinian Bedouins.
The diplomats were accompanying aid workers in an effort to distribute tents and emergency aid to Bedouins in the village of Khirbet Al-Makhul on Friday.
The troops threw sound grenades at the group and pulled a French diplomat out of an aid truck before it drove away.
“They dragged me out of the truck and forced me to the ground with no regard for my diplomatic immunity,” said the diplomat Marion Castaing, adding, “This is how international law is being respected here.”
Three Palestinians were also arrested for throwing stones.
According to an unnamed source, diplomats from France, Britain, Greece, Ireland, Spain, and Sweden were accompanying aid workers.