200 protestors injured in clashes outside Ofer jail

[ PIC 16/02/2013 – 08:05 AM ]


RAMALLAH, (PIC)– More than 200 Palestinian protestors sustained injuries on Friday afternoon during violent clashes with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) outside Ofer jail south of Ramallah city.

A massive crowd of Palestinian citizens rallied outside the prison to express their support for the prisoners and the hunger strikers, and to perform the Friday prayers.

Local sources told the Palestinian information center (PIC) reporter that the soldiers outside the jail fired a barrage of rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at the Palestinian congregation soon after they finished praying, affirming that five journalists were wounded by rubber bullets.

The angry protestors managed to control the soldiers and seize some of their body armors forcing them to hide inside a residential building in Beitunia town.

Eight Israeli soldiers sustained injuries during the clashes.

The soldiers remained besieged for more than three hours before they sent for reinforcements, which arrived at the scene and ended the siege by firing live ammunition at the protestors.

Three protestors suffered injuries from live bullets, according to eyewitnesses.

Later, other violent clashes broke out on the evening of the same day between Palestinian young men supporting the prisoners and Israeli soldiers near Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus city.

10 young men suffered suffocation from tear gas and received first aid from paramedics.

Similar protests condemning Israel’s violations against the prisoners and the hunger strikers also took place in different areas of the West Bank.

Local sources reported that clashes broke out near Aida refugee camp to the north of Bethlehem city as well as in the main road leading to Jalama checkpoint north of Jenin city.

A group of protestors also attacked the military checkpoint called Haggai between Al-Khalil city and Al-Fawwar refugee camp and destroyed its barriers. Several Palestinian injuries were reported.

In an earlier incident, violence erupted after Israeli soldiers stormed Arroub refugee camp north of Al-Khalil and attacked a Palestinian rally in solidarity with the prisoners.

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