RAMALLAH, April 14, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday broke up with force a cycling tour around the Jordan Valley and assaulted the participants injuring and arresting a number of them, said a press release.
It said Israeli soldiers stopped the 250 participants at road number 60 in the West Bank village of al-Ouja and refused to allow them to start the bicycle tour, which would have taken the participants on a 25 kilometer tour of the Jordan Valley.
When the participants in the event sponsored by the youth group, Sharek, with the participation of water officials from the Water and Environmental Development Center of Al-Ouja Environmental Center, refused to obey orders not to cycle along the highway, the soldiers used force to disperse them.
A number of the participants were injured and taken to hospital in Jericho while others were arrested, Including international participants.
The tour was then canceled without the participants being able to complete their environment awareness tour in the Jordan Valley and Jericho area.
The events was intended to also draw attention to the water problems facing the Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley, which is gradually being taken over by Israeli settlers.