ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCES CRUSH PROTESTS IN SUPPORT OF STRIKING PRISONERS

Ramallah – The Israeli occupation forces Thursday crushed two protests in Ramallah and Nablus is support of hunger striking prisoners, Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.

Soldiers opened live fire at Palestinians who demonstrated outside Beit El military headquarters, north of Ramallah, injuring at least four who were reported in light to moderate conditions, according to the Ministry of Health. It said the four were injured in the leg and were in stable condition in hospital.

The participants walked from the center of Ramallah, where a rally was held at tent set up in support of the prisoners, to the contact point outside Beit El military camp and settlement, where they clashed with soldiers who in addition to firing live bullets at the protesters, also fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets.

The Palestinian ministry of Health said one person was hit in the eye by a rubber bullet and another hit by a tear gas canister, according to WAFA.

Further north of Ramallah, Palestinians participated in a prisoners’ solidarity march to Hawwara military checkpoint on the southern outskirts of the city of Nablus.

The protesters, who carried Palestinian flags and pictures of prisoners, were pushed back by the soldiers when they arrived at the checkpoint.

Palestinians vowed to step up activities and protests in support of more than 1500 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons on hunger strike since April 17 as the Israeli authorities refuse to negotiate with them regarding their demands to end the strike, which includes improving prison conditions and treatment. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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