Last updated: April 29, 2013

Weekend of violence in Palestine as protestors clash with police

Hostilities in the West Bank most recently came to a head this weekend after Palestinian protestors and Israeli forces clashed in a town north of Jerusalem.

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Al-Ram on Saturday for the funeral of 23 year-old Talaat Ramiyeh who was gunned down by Israeli forces in a protest the previous day.

A video posted by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) depicts scenes of violence, with protestors flinging firebombs and rocks at police, who retaliated with tear gas and rubber bullets. An Israeli military spokesperson said that the protestors barricaded the streets to prevent the IDF from mobilising vehicles in response to the violence.

The riot followed a night of hostilities the day that Ramiyeh was shot. Residents in Al-Ram observed a day of strike action on Sunday in mourning over his death. He was killed near a checkpoint south of Ramallah in a protest against recent attacks by Israeli forces on a mosque in occupied Jerusalem. Al Asqa Mosque is the third holiest site in all of Islam after Mecca and Medina, and has been subject to attacks by Israeli forces in recent weeks.

The IDF claims that over 1200 Palestinians took part in violent protests around the region over the weekend. Five protesters were arrested and detained in Hebron.

Julia Macfarlane
Julia, a Scottish-Indonesian, is a broadcast journalist at BBC World Service. Her work focuses on the Middle East.
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