Israeli forces kill Palestinian protester in occupied West Bank


Major clashes broke out in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Tuesday as Palestinians took part in a day of protests and strikes over Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.


One Palestinian has been killed and dozens wounded by Israeli gunfire during clashes at the Beit El military checkpoint near Ramallah.


Hundreds of Palestinians burned tyres and threw stones at an Israeli military checkpoint. Troops fired teargas canisters at the crowd.


Large crowds also gathered in Nablus, Bethlehem, Hebron and other towns in the West Bank.


In Jerusalem, police deployed water cannon in the neighbourhood Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families are facing eviction from homes they have lived in since the 1950s.


“My family is originally from Haifa but were driven out by the Israelis during the first Arab-Israeli war and were forced to flee abroad,” Randa, who took part in the demonstration with her children and grandchildren, told Al Jazeera.


“The situation is very miserable. Palestinians have the right to fight the occupation because Israel kills many of our people and drives people from their own land.”


On Tuesday morning, hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Ramallah’s Manara square, waving flags and singing patriotic songs before marching towards the Beit El military checkpoint, in Al Bireh.


Many Palestinian-owned businesses in the Old City were shut as part of a “day of anger” over the eight-day conflict. Support for the general strike was high in towns inside Israel.


Muhammad Barakeh, one of the strike organisers, said Palestinians were expressing a “collective position” against Israel’s “aggression” in Gaza and Jerusalem, as well as the “brutal repression” by police across Israel.


In Gaza, at least 217 Palestinians have been killed, including 63 children, and about 1,400 wounded since fighting began last week. Twelve people in Israel have been killed, including two Thai workers who died when a packaging plant in southern Israel was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Tuesday.


There was no sign of movement towards a ceasefire, although Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser to the US president, Joe Biden, said Washington was engaged in “quiet, intensive diplomacy”.


The UN said more than 40,000 people in Gaza had been displaced as a result of the bombardment, and 2,500 people had lost their homes. Authorities in Gaza warned that the territory’s fuel supplies would last only another two or three days. Medical supplies are also running low.


There was no sign of movement towards a ceasefire, although Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser to the US president, Joe Biden, said Washington was engaged in “quiet, intensive diplomacy”.

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