RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli security forces today, hurling rocks and burning tires at a West Bank demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
Palestinians have staged protests across the West Bank all week in solidarity with the 4,500 prisoners held by Israel. Four of the prisoners are staging a hunger strike and the worsening condition of one, Samer Issawi, sparked the latest round of unrest between the protesters and Israeli troops.
Issawi is incarcerated for violating the terms of his release from a previous prison term. On Thursday, an Israeli court sentenced him for eight months from the day of his arrest on July 7, meaning he could be freed as early as next month.
But Palestinians officials said it wasn’t a done deal because Issawi also faces separate charges in a military court and there were no indications that he planned to end his hunger strike.