Israeli forces attack Palestinian protesters in al-Quds, West Bank

Israeli forces have attacked Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank and near the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), injuring several people.

On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the al-Aqsa Mosque and shouted slogans against the regime in Tel Aviv and condemned Israeli police’s brutality against the Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, injuring a number of them, including a 17-year-old girl.

The troops also arrested nearly a dozen protesters.

In the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), the Israeli regime forces clashed with Palestinians as troops hunted for the suspected killer of an Israeli soldier.

The Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at stone-throwing Palestinians who were protesting against the fierce Israeli clampdown on the city.

The soldier, named as Sergeant Gabriel Kobi, 20, was struck on Sunday by gunfire at a checkpoint near the Cave of Patriarchs, which is known by Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The shooting prompted a massive manhunt for the gunman, with emergency roadblocks being set up and security forces fanning across the area.

Sunday’s shooting came a day after another Israeli soldier, Tomer Hazan, 20, was found dead in a shallow well in a remote spot near the West Bank city of Qalqilyah.

Israeli officials claimed a Palestinian from Beit Amin south of Qalqiliya, carried out the killing in the hope that he could trade the body in exchange for the release of his brother, jailed by Israel in 2003.

According to human rights group B’Tselem, more than 4,700 Palestinian prisoners, including about 170 administrative detainees, are currently being held in Israeli prisons.

Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

By Press TV


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