Palestinian demos turn violent as Israeli police unleash water cannons, rubber bullets (PHOTOS)
Palestinians held demonstrations across the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem on Friday in solidarity with hundreds of prisoners who went on hunger strike in Israeli jails to protest detention without trial.
AFP Photo/Abbas Momani
In several locations, the rallies turned violent and Israeli police used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. In response, protesters hurled stones at security forces and burned tires.
Preliminary reports say there were no casualties in the clashes.
AFP Photo/Jaafar Ashtiyeh
The hunger strike was begun by Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh 74 days ago, while most of those on strike joined on April 17.
Reports say about 1,600 inmates are taking part in the strike now.
The prisoners are protesting against administrative detention, which is widely used in Israeli prisons. Under administrative detention a prisoner can spend months and even years in prison without trial or formal charges.
Last week Hamas threatened Israel with "unexpected" consequences if any of the hunger strikers was to die.
HEBRON : An Israeli soldier fires tear gas at stone throwing Palestinians after violence broke out during a protest in solidarity with incarcerated Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails in the village of Beit Omar, near the northern West Bank town of Hebron, on May 11, 2012. (AFP Photo / Hazem Bader)
Palestinian protesters run for cover from the teargas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes outside the Ofer Prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP Photo/Abbas Momani)
Palestinian protesters cover behind the burning tyres during clashes with Israeli soldiers outside the Ofer Prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 11, 2012. (AFP Photo/Abbas Momani)
A masked Palestinian protester stands near burning tyres as he prepares to throw a stone towards Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kafr Qaddum. (AFP Photo/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)