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dozens injured during demonstrations of support in the West Bank – RT in english

Demonstrations of support for detainees are on the rise in the West Bank after the escape of six Palestinian prisoners from an Israeli high-security prison. 60 protesters were injured near Nablus, according to the Red Crescent.

Dozens of Palestinians were injured during demonstrations in support of the escapees, and more generally the Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, which took place on September 8 in the occupied West Bank. The mobilisations come two days after six Palestinians escaped on September 6 from a prison in Israel via a tunnel under a sink, triggering a vast manhunt.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 60 demonstrators were injured by tear gas fire near Nablus (northern West Bank). The Palestinian news agency WAFA specifies for its part the tear gas firing was carried out by the Israeli army.

Protests also took place in Ramallah, and in East Jerusalem, according to AFP teams there. In addition, fires were lit by inmates in Ktziot and Ramon prisons in southern Israel, a spokesperson for the prison services said. “The situation is now under control, the fires have been extinguished,” she said.

The Israeli army announced on September 8 the deployment of new reinforcements in the occupied West Bank in order to “track down” the six detainees, who escaped from a high security prison in Gilboa (northern Israel), and to closely monitor demonstrations in support of these Palestinian “heroes”.

Five of the fugitives are members of the Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian armed movement, and one of Fatah, the secular movement of President Mahmoud Abbas. The army announced “a reinforcement of troops in Judea and Samaria [nom donné par Israël à la Cisjordanie] with combat and aerial observation units to help capture prisoners and prevent terrorist attacks ”. Observation drones were deployed and roadblocks were set up, particularly in the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel, and around the Gaza Strip, to find these prisoners, some of whom were sentenced to life imprisonment for their role in anti-Israel attacks.

Relatives of escapees arrested by Israel, “mafia style” for HRW

The Israeli army has arrested several relatives of the six fugitives from the Jenin area of ​​the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, an organization for the defense of detainees. Asked by AFP, the Israeli army confirmed “several arrests” without further details.

“Detaining someone to force a loved one to do something resembles the style of the mafia,” tweeted Omar Shakir, head of the NGO Human Rights Watch for Israel and the Palestinian territories. “The Israeli government regularly resorts to illegal collective punishments to reaffirm its domination and maintain apartheid. It should come as no surprise that they continue on this path after the prison break, ”he added.

“Every prisoner has the right to seek a way to achieve his freedom,” said Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, saying he was “happy” at the escape. Israeli justice has issued a ban on the details of the escape investigation as the local press tries to lift the veil on the embarrassing and sensitive case.

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