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Israel crushes marches supporting hunger strikers in the West Bank

Nine Palestinians and an Israeli activist were wounded across the West Bank on Friday during an Israeli crackdown on marches in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers inside Israeli jails, Quds Press reported.

In the neighbourhoods of the West Bank city of Nablus, Quds Press reporters monitored clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian activists.

The reporters said that the Israelis violently dispersed a march by firing large numbers of tear gas canisters at the demonstrators in several places, causing many to suffer from breathing problems.

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Meanwhile, in Qalqiliya, Quds Press reporter said that nine Palestinians were wounded, including an Israeli journalist and activist. Israeli forces opened fire at the demonstrators and then extremist Jewish settlers beat them with batons and threw stones at them.

Quds Press reporters also said that the Palestinian villages and towns in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem witnessed similar clashes, but reported no serious injuries among the protesters.

About 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike inside Israeli jails since 17 April, calling for better detention conditions, including the right to family visits and an end to arbitrary solitary confinement.

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