Israeli forces, Palestinians clash on Naksa Day


Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian protesters in the West bank city of Ramallah, reports say.

Israeli forces fired stun grenades at protesters marking the Naksa Day, or the Day of Setback on Thursday.

Clashes erupted near the Qalandia checkpoint, which separates Ramallah from al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Palestinians mark the Naksa Day on June 5, which is an annual commemoration of the Six-Day War in 1967.

Israel occupied the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria following the Six-Day war.

The first displacement of the Palestinians by Israelis, known as Nakba, happened in 1948. The day is marked each year on May 15.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Palestinians protest in the West bank in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

Some 290 Palestinians are on hunger strike to express their opposition at the Israeli “administrative detention,” which is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed indefinitely.

Some 125 of the hunger strikers have been refusing food since April 24.

In 2012, over 1,500 Palestinian inmates staged a four-week hunger strike that came to an end after Tel Aviv agreed not to extend the jail terms of those held in administrative detention.

More than 5,000 Palestinians are reportedly being held in Israeli prisons; nearly 200 of them are under administrative detention orders.