Israeli forces, Palestinians clash in Ramallah solidarity march

Israeli forces have clashed with hundreds of Palestinians, who had turned out for a demonstration in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike, injuring almost a dozen protesters.

The scuffles erupted near the Israeli Beit El settlement north of Ramallah Thursday, when Israeli forces fired live bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas to prevent them from approaching a military checkpoint.

Israeli forces also used water canon containing foul-smelling liquid to spread the crowd. The Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported that 11 demonstrators had been wounded in the clashes.

Thursday’s march was called in solidarity with more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners, who have gone on hunger strike to express their outrage at harsh conditions in Israeli jails.


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