Palestinian Protests Break Out In West Bank As Death Toll Rises | IB Times
For the first time since the start of the Israel and Gaza clashes earlier this month, the conflict has spread to the West Bank. Thousands of people marched from Ramallah to Jerusalem on Thursday night to protest Israel denying them entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque and to express their solidarity with Gaza.
When protestors reached the Qalandiyah checkpoint, a militarized checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem that passes through Israel’s separation wall, reports say they were met with live ammunition and tear gas from Israeli security forces. Protesters show no sign of backing down and solidarity demonstrations are reported to have popped up in the Al Aqsa, Nablus, Jerusalem and Al-Khalil neighborhoods. Many are saying it looks like the beginning of the Third Intifada.
Palestinians’ first intifada, or uprising, was from 1987 to 1993, and the second raged from 2000 to around 2005.
So far, there are two dead and at least 200 wounded in the West Bank, but those numbers are expected to rise. Nineteen-year-old Mohammad al-Araj and 27-year-old Majd Sufyan were both killed in the protest, a Palestinian news agency Ma’an reporter at the scene said. According to Haaretz, the Ramallah Government Hospital was “filled” with wounded protesters and operating rooms and waiting areas there were at capacity. Those with light injuries have been asked to leave.
"These are scenes out of the first intifada," said Palestinians who were part of that particular uprising who came to the hospital when they heard their sons and daughters were wounded by IDF gunfire, according to Haaretz.
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