World Bulletin / News Desk
Scores of Palestinian women on Saturday suffocated from teargas fired by Israeli army forces during a rally near the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) in the West Bank.
More than 300 Palestinian women participated in the protest, which was organized by a Qalandia women's association on the occasion of the International Women's Day.
Israeli soldiers used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstration, which started outside the Qalandia refugee camp, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.
Demonstrators carried banners critical of U.S. and Israeli policies and called for making Al-Quds as the capital of the future Palestinian state.
"We went to Qalandia checkpoint to show that East Jerusalem is part of Palestine and the capital of the Palestinian state," Magda al-Masri, a lawmaker from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, told AA as she participated in the protest.
She added that the protest is also meant to send a message to U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that Palestinians would not compromise on their rights.
US-brokered peace talks between Israel and Palestinians resumed in Washington last summer after a nearly three-year pause.
22 Palestinian women in Israeli jails
Twenty-two Palestinian women suffer tough human conditions in Israeli jails, the Gaza Strip's Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said Saturday.
In a statement marking the International Women's Day, the ministry said that Israel continues to violate the rights of Palestinian women.
It said that as many as 15,000 Palestinian women have been detained by Israel since 1967 and that the detainees experience "extremely bad" conditions.
"Israel practices the worst types of physical and psychological torture against female Palestinian detainees," the ministry said.
Meanwhile, the Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners' Club said that six Palestinian female prisoners in Israeli jails suffer different diseases.
Israel is currently detaining 5,200 Palestinians, including 80 with serious illnesses, according to the Ministry of Detainees in Gaza.Last Mod: 08 Mart 2014, 17:54