World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli military forces on Friday dispersed weekly rallies by Palestinians held to protest Israel's longstanding occupation of the West Bank, a local protest group has said.
Israeli forces fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and teargas at protesters, who staged demonstrations in solidarity with 120 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike since April 24.
The hunger strike campaign is meant to protest Israel's policy of "administrative detention," according to a statement issued by the Popular Resistance Committees, a local NGO.
One protester shot with rubber bullets and dozens of others suffering teargas inhalation received treatment at makeshift emergency centers set up in several West Bank cities, the statement said.
Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Bil'in demonstrated while wearing uniforms resembling those of Israeli prison wardens.
Every Friday, Palestinians stage demonstrations against the self-proclaimed Jewish state's longstanding occupation of Arab land and its "separation wall," which cuts through the West Bank isolating large swathes of Palestinian territory.
Weekly rallies are typically dispersed by Israeli security forces.
According to the new Palestinian government in Ramallah, the separation barrier cuts some 50,000 Palestinian residents of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) off from the city center.
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