TEL AVIV (Mar. 31)
Israeli police waded into a crowd of Gaza high school girls today after they set up roadblocks and stoned busses carrying Israeli shoppers to Gaza. One woman passenger was reportedly injured and several girls were reported to have been hurt. The el-Zahra high school where most of the girls were students was closed by authorities until further notice.
A similar incident occurred in Gaza today following an earthquake tremor which some school girls thought was an explosion and took to be a signal for demonstrations. Security forces had to disperse them forcibly and some of the girls received scratches in the process. According to reports from Gaza, the girls set up roadblocks of rocks on one of the main highways into the town and smashed all the windows in a stalled bus from Beersheba. They also stoned a bus from Ashkelon.