20 Palestinians hurt at prisoner demo near Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Twenty Palestinians were injured Wednesday by rubber bullets during clashes with Israeli forces near the Ofer detention center, a Ma’an correspondent said.

A student demonstration set out from Birzeit University toward Ofer to express solidarity with hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 16 days.

The students marched with Palestinian flags before arriving at the site, where Israeli forces were waiting. Forces fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets toward the demonstrators.

Journalists also came under fire during the demonstration, the correspondent said.

The students faced off against the forces with rocks and empty bottles, striking an Israeli soldier. The Ma’an correspondent described the clashes as unusually violent.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said two Palestinians and four Israeli soldiers were lightly injured during a “violent and illegal riot” in which 250 demonstrators took part.

Prisoners groups estimate 2,000 detainees are now refusing food in a bid to improve their conditions.

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