Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces in West Bank, Gaza

Vincent Carr
May 20, 2017

Palestinians demonstrated in both territories to show solidarity with Palestinians imprisoned by Israel who have been waging a hunger strike for the past 33 days. They carried Palestinian flags and signs critical of alleged United Nations bias toward Israel, Jordan's Petra News Agency said.

Protesters took to the streets in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in support of Palestinian prisoners who declared a hunger strike last month to demand better conditions in Israeli jails.

Invasions and detentions were also reported in the southern West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Hebron as well as Jerusalem city.

The soldiers fired gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, two of them, including a man, 49, were hospitalized.

A Palestinian was seriously hurt and another 9 were slightly injured in clashes near Gaza's border.

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Police said they were also investigating an arson attack in another nearby Palestinian village that appeared to have been carried out by Jewish settlers.

Eleven Palestinians were wounded by live gunfire, three of them critically, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israeli forces used tear gas, rubber bullets and live fire against thousands of protesters on Friday, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said. Two of the injured have been in serious condition.

Friday's demonstrations were organized by the National Committee to Support the Hunger Strike, which includes representatives of several Palestinian political factions. In a written statement, Michael Lynk, the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory under occupation, requested better and accessible health care, unrestrained family visits, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention for Palestinian hunger strikers.

Led by Palestinian leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, around 840 Palestinians are now on the hunger strike which began April 17, according to the Israeli Prisons Service.

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