Laylat al-Qadr, the Night of Power, the night when Muslims believe Muhammad had his first revelation, saw the West Bank's largest protest in years
At least three Palestinians were killed and more than 100 wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem late Thursday night, as thousands of Palestinians marched from Ramallah to the Qalandia checkpoint, which separates Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The protest was the largest in the West Bank in years – according to some Palestinian activists, the largest in decades – and quickly spread to East Jerusalem, where police were said to be clashing with protesters in the Old City, Silwan, and other neighborhoods. Protests were also reported in Nablus and Bethlehem.
According to Haaretz reporter Amira Hass, Palestinian ambulances, blaring their horns, were streaming in the opposite direction of the march, evacuating protesters wounded by Israeli fire at the checkpoint.
The West Bank has had other protests
He was speaking at a demonstration on Wednesday organized by the
Ramallah municipal authorities. Hundreds of Palestinians carried 600
mock coffins wrapped in Palestinian flags through the city and laid them
in front of the United Nations headquarters, labeled with the names and
ages of Gaza’s dead.
At a main junction, a huge screen ran a loop of pictures of death and
destruction from Gaza. In a bustling street near Manara Square where
crowds were shopping for Ramadan, a souvenir store selling music CDs and
Palestinian paraphernalia was blasting out Hamas songs and doing a
brisk trade in kaffiyehs, the traditional black-and-white checkered head
scarf that has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance, going for
about $4 apiece.
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