Israeli Army, Palestinians Clash During Protests in Support of Hunger-striking Prisoners

Two Palestinians wounded by IDF gunfire and dozens more hurt by means of crowd control across the West Bank

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Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops clash at a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, April 28, 2017.
Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops clash at a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, April 28, 2017. Credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS

Two Palestinians were wounded Friday by Israel Defense Forces gunfire in clashes in the West Bank. The Red Crescent said several others were hurt by rubber bullets and dozens more were hurt by tear gas and smoke grenades used by the IDF during protests held in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israel.

Riots unfolded in some 15 towns and refugee camps, including Tuqu, Yatta, Al-Arroub and Qalandiyah, where demonstrators torched tires. The IDF said it used means of crowd control during some of the protests.

The Red Crescent and the Palestinian health ministry said two Palestinians were shot in the lower limbs during protests near Beit Ummar north of Hebron, and were taken to a hospital in Salfit. The IDF confirmed that two were wounded by gunfire.

Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops clash at a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Beita, April 28, 2017. Credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS

Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal said Friday that the Palestinian people needs to "sacrifice all that it holds dear" to secure the release of security prisoners in Israel, adding that it won't take long.

On Wednesday, the Fatah movement called for a "day of rage" to be held Friday in support of the hunger-striking prisoners.

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