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Palestinian Protest in West Bank Turns Violent

Protesters at a Palestinian demonstration in support of prisoners on a hunger strike clashed on Friday with Israeli troops and Border Guard officers.

The IDF said that during the protest, held at the Bituniya crossing near Ofer Prison, about 200 Palestinians threw rocks at the soldiers who responded with tear gas during the rally in the West Bank.

One soldier was lightly wounded from stones thrown in his direction. A number of Palestinians were also injured in the altercation.

Some 200 Palestinians stone soldiers during West Bank demonstration in support of prisoners on hungers strike; troops respond with tear gas. MK Tibi: Region will burn if any prisoner dies

The protesters specifically called for the release of Samer Isssawi, who has been on an on-and-off hunger strike for several months.

Issawi was released in 2011 under a deal that saw an Israeli soldier swapped for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. He was re-arrested last year for violating his release terms.

Israeli Prison Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said Issawi is under medical supervision and hasn’t been on a consistent hunger strike since he eats periodically.

Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi also took part in the demonstration, as did Khader Adnan, the administrative detainee who was released by Israel a few months ago after he launched a hunger strike that put his life in danger.

Tibi told the protesters that should one of the striking prisoners die, the “entire region will burn, and the occupation will be held accountable for the results.”

Additional protests and riots took place in Hebron, Nabi Saleh and at the Jelma Crossing, north of Jenin. Border Guard officers were preventing some 30 Palestinians from advancing towards the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah. The Palestinians hurled stones at security forces.

Clashes between security forces and Palestinians broke out in several other locations throughout the West Bank on Friday.

At around noon Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived at a protest tent that was pitched in al-Bira, north of Jerusalem, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

“The dream to release all of the Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails will be realized just like the dream of a state was realized,” he said, and called on Israel to recognize agreements he claimed wee signed years ago with former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert regarding the release of Palestinian prisoners.

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