World Bulletin / News Desk
The Israeli army used teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse protests that erupted across the occupied West Bank in solidarity with the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip, eyewitnesses said.
Dozens of protesters in Bab al-Zawiya district in the southern city of Hebron suffered temporary asphyxiation after inhaling teargas amid clashes with the Israeli troops, the witnesses said.
Similar violence erupted in southern Bethlehem with eyewitnesses saying that the Israeli troops used live ammunition and teargas against the protesters, but no casualties were reported.
Palestinian protesters also hurled stones and fireworks at Israeli troops at Beit Furik crossing in Nablus, northern West Bank, with no injuries reported.
Other areas in the occupied territory saw massive protests in support of Gaza, including Ramallah, Qalqilya, Tulkarm and Jenin.
The protesters carried Hamas banners and Palestinian flags and chanted pro-resistance slogans.
Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip for almost a month since July 7, killing at least 1894 Palestinians and injured 9817 others. Thousands of homes have also been destroyed in the offensive.
At least 64 Israeli soldiers have also been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip and three civilians by rocket fire, according to Israeli figures.
Violence flared again on Friday following the end of a three-day ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian factions as indirect talks mediated by Cairo are yet to yield any agreement on a long-term truce.
The Gaza Strip, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2006, badly affecting the livelihood in the seaside enclave.Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ağustos 2014, 16:48