Ramallah: Medics and witnesses reported on Thursday that Palestinian demonstrators were hurt in skirmishes with Israeli forces in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
According to the Xinhua news agency, confrontations took occurred in the villages of Beita and Huwara near Nablus, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.
According to the statement, ten individuals were shot, nine of them were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets, and 90 people suffocated after breathing teargas sprayed by military to disperse the protestors.
They added that the protests broke out in Beita, Huwara and other areas in the West Bank against the tightened measures that had been taken against thousands of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails.
Palestinian and Israeli media reported that Israeli police and security forces tightened security measures against Palestinian prisoners in several Israeli jails following the escape of six prisoners from a prison on Monday.
Storming Palestinian prisoners in several Israeli jails outraged the Palestinian factions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, who called for intensive protests and demonstrations against Israel.
The Israeli prisons service “committed a heinous attack on Palestinian prisoners in several Israeli jails”, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs in Palestine Liberation Organization said in a press statement.
Israeli prison guards and special forces troops equipped with guns, clubs, tear gas, and police dogs invaded the Kitzeot jail in southern Israel and violently beat the inmates, according to the report.
“Continued escalation in this manner implies a genuine war within the jails,” according to the statement.
The Islamic Resistance Movement and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad warned Israel in Gaza that assaulting Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails will have terrible consequences for Israel throughout the Palestinian territories. (IANS)