Israeli forces disperse W. Bank anti-occupation rallies

Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and teargas at protesters, who rallied in solidarity with 120 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike since April 24.

Israeli forces disperse W. Bank anti-occupation rallies

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 rubber bullets and teargas at protesters, who rallied in solidarity with 120 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike since April 24 and to protest Israel's policy of "administrative detention," according to a statement issued by the Popular Resistance Committees, a local NGO.

The protests also marked the 47th anniversary of the Six-Day War, which Arabs refer to as the "Naksa" ("Setback"), during which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

British Consul-General in Jerusalem Alastair McPhail and dozens of foreign supporters took part in one of Friday's rallies, according to the statement.

Israeli forces assaulted two photojournalists and confiscated their cameras during the dispersal of a rally in the city of Naleen west of Ramallah, the NGO said.

Every Friday, Palestinians stage demonstrations against the self-proclaimed Jewish state's longstanding occupation of Arab land and its "separation wall," which weaves through the West Bank and cuts off large swathes of Palestinian territory.

The weekly rallies are usually forcibly dispersed by the Israeli army.

According to the 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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