Rivers of Hope

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians have clashed with Israeli troops during rallies across theWest Bank in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and against Israel’s security barrier.

Mohammed Samhan of the Red Crescent says dozens of protesters were treated for injuries caused by rubber bullets and tear gas inhalation on Friday. Israel’s military says hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks and firebombs at the soldiers.

The protesters demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, warning of backlash if any of them die.

In Bilin, villagers marked eight years of protests against a barrier Israel says it erected to keep out Palestinian suicide bombers following a wave of violence in the last decade.

Palestinians say the barrier is a land grab that cuts them off from their land in some places.


Associated Press

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