Officials: Palestinians injured during rallies for prisoners

AP News
Posted: May 19, 2017 2:36 PM
Officials: Palestinians injured during rallies for prisoners

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces in several rallies Friday in support of hunger-striking prisoners with at least 25 demonstrators injured, officials said.

The violence came on the 33rd day of the prisoners' fast.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said five people were wounded by live fire and 10 by rubber bullets in protests across the West Bank. A Palestinian was seriously hurt and another nine were lightly injured in clashes near the border with the Gaza Strip.

Israel's military said troops opened fire after Palestinians hurled fire bombs and rocks at them. Two soldiers were injured, it said.

Some 843 prisoners are still on hunger strike, which has rallied wide support among Palestinians, leading to several large protests since it started over a month ago.

After decades of conflict, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been imprisoned for acts ranging from stone-throwing to carrying out attacks that killed or wounded civilians and soldiers.

Earlier Friday, Israeli police said a tractor was set on fire and the word "revenge" was spray painted in Hebrew on a wall in a Palestinian village in the West Bank.

The incident took place near a checkpoint where the day before, an Israeli settler opened fire at Palestinians who were demonstrating in solidarity with the hunger-strikers.

The protesters pelted his car with stones, and the Israeli man opened fire, killing one Palestinian and wounding an Associated Press photographer who was covering the unrest.