Hunger-strike solidarity protests: Palestinians clash with Israeli forces

Published April 28th, 2017 - 02:00 GMT
Israeli security officers run past burning tires during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the Issawiya district of Arab east Jerusalem on October 24, 2014. (AFP/ Ahmad Gharabli)
Israeli security officers run past burning tires during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the Issawiya district of Arab east Jerusalem on October 24, 2014. (AFP/ Ahmad Gharabli)

Clashes erupted in the occupied East Jerusalem-area village of al-Issawiya on Thursday evening after Israeli forces took down a sit-in tent set up in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners. 

Member of a local follow-up committee Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village from several entryways before raiding the sit-in tent, shortly after it had been set up. Israeli forces then destroyed and confiscated the tent. 
 
Abu al-Hummus added that clashes erupted in several areas of the village, pointing out that Israeli forces deployed on the rooftops of buildings.
 

Meanwhile in the nearby Shufat refugee camp, clashes erupted at a military checkpoint at the entrance of the camp following a solidarity march with hunger-striking prisoners, who had entered their 11th day of strike on Thursday.

Spokesperson of the Fatah movement in Shufat Thaer Fasfous said that local youth threw Molotov cocktails at the checkpoint during clashes.
 
In the town of Silwan, Israeli forces raided the Ein Hilweh neighborhood and randomly fired stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.
 
Israeli media reported that a Palestinian child was injured during clashes, while several Palestinian youths threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers who fired tear-gas bomb and rubber-coated steel bullets. 
 

Reports added that the child was taken to the Shaare Tzedek Hospital for treatment and that an investigation into the details of the child’s injuries was opened.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. 

Clashes had erupted across several districts in the occupied West Bank earlier Thursday afternoon, with at least six Palestinians injured with live fire and another five detained by Israeli forces in the Ramallah district. 
 
The clashes came one day before what is supposed to be a Day of Rage on Friday April 28, called for by the Fatah movement, during which Palestinians are expected to clash with Israeli forces in order to show their solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners’ movement.
 
Hundreds of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel have been participating in the hunger strike led by senior Fatah official Marwan Barghouthi since April 17 to protest the torture, ill treatment, and medical neglect of prisoners at the hands of Israeli authorities, as well as Israel’s widespread use of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges.

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