Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces in West Bank, Gaza

Posted May 20, 2017

A similar incident occurred the day before near the Palestinian village of Silwad in the West Bank.

Led by Palestinian leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, around 840 Palestinians are now on the hunger strike which began April 17, according to the Israeli Prisons Service.

The statement continued, "These prisoners are being held under harsh, inhumane conditions and being subjected to physical and mental ill-treatment, including torture, severe interrogations, intimidation and solitary confinement, and denied access to proper medical care and family visits".

When the settler drove through the crowd, protesters began beating the vehicle and throwing rocks at it.

"We've sent thousands of letters to humanitarian organizations, including the ICRC, requesting their intercession on behalf of the hunger strikers", Nashat al-Wahidi, a spokesman for the Prisoners and Detainees' Committee (led by Palestinian political movement Fatah), said. Some have managed to pressure Israel into releasing them, although some have been re-detained.

A Palestinian youth was shot and injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet, on Friday, and others suffocated from tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces attacked Palestinians marching in Hebron city and the nearby Beit Ummar town in solidarity with the hunger strikers, said local sources.

Following the shooting, the Israel Defense Forces broke up the mob using non-lethal riot-dispersal methods, according to reports. They were all treated at the scene. It confirms an Israeli civilian opened fire, but that he says he only shot into the air.

The resolution said the "settlements are illegal under worldwide law [and] that the recent decisions to establish a new settlement deep inside the West Bank, to issue tenders for nearly 2000 settlement units and to declare further land deep inside the West Bank as "state land" further undermine prospects for a viable two-state solution".

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured during protests in various parts of the West Bank, occupied since 1967 by the Israeli army, and near the security barrier that seals off the Gaza Strip.