Protester killed, AP journalist wounded in West Bank clash


Several dozen hunger-striking Palestinians have been transferred from their cells to special wings in Israeli prisons for additional medical supervision, a spokesman for the Israel Prison Service said Wednesday.

It confirms an Israeli civilian opened fire, but that he says he only shot into the air. Another 10 were hurt in clashes near the Gaza border, including one seriously.

In the West Bank city of Hebron, the protesters faced off with Israeli security forces, setting tires alight and pelting soldiers with stones.

Thousands rally in occupied West Bank and Gaza in support of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

"While we would have wished for even clearer language, we appreciate the important step Parliament has taken to end the counterproductive habit of sheltering the Palestinians from legitimate criticism", said Daniel Schwammenthal, the director of the American Jewish Committee's Transatlantic Institute in Brussels, in a statement.

Eleven Palestinians were wounded by live gunfire, three of them critically, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

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An Israeli army spokesperson described the protests as "a number of violent riots", blaming Palestinian activists for inciting violence, to which the IDF was forced to initiate "crowd control means in order to disperse the riots".

The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) in Jerusalem, announced that said that that the soldiers, and several security officers, attack the nonviolent protesters, including elders, in the courtyard of the Red Cross.

They are calling for the United Nations to intervene to resolve a monthlong hunger strike of about 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails.

Some 843 prisoners are still observing the strike that has wide Palestinian support.

According to Palestinian figures, Israel is now holding more than 6,500 Palestinians - including scores of women and children - at 24 detention centers across the country.