Violence has erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in the West Bank, culminating in the deaths of two Palestinians and scores wounded. The protesters had been marching in response to the Israeli shelling of a bomb shelter in Gaza.
A protest march by Palestinians in the West Bank ended sourly when violence erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters. At least two Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in the worst incident of violence for several years between the West Bank and Israel.
The protest had been in response to the shelling of UN-run school and bomb shelter in Gaza on Thursday, which resulted in the deaths of over 15 Palestinians and injured a further 200 – including women and children. The 10’000-strong Palestinian march broke into violence when it reached the volatile Qalandiya checkpoint, the heavily-guarded crossing between the Israeli city of Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Ramallah.
The IDF claimed to have used “riot dispersal means” against protesters, who were reported to have responded with rocks and molotov cocktails. There were also blockades placed on the road of burning tyres by Palestinian protesters. It is unclear at this moment whether live ammunition was used by the IDF in dispersing the protest march.