First Published: 2012-11-14

 

Palestinians rallies mark PLO independence declaration

 

Thousands of Palestinians take to streets across West Bank to mark 24th anniversary of Palestine Liberation Organisation's declaration of independence.

 

Middle East Online

'Free Palestine'

JERICHO, Palestinian Territories - Palestinians held rallies across the West Bank on Wednesday, a day before the 24th anniversary of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's declaration of independence.

AFP reporters said thousands of Palestinians were taking place in demonstrations blocking roads near the West Bank towns of Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah.

Demonstrators also gathered near the southern city of Hebron, as well as the northern towns of Qalqilya and Nablus, waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against the Israeli occupation.

Chanting "Free Palestine," they carried banners supporting a Palestinian bid later this month to obtain state observer status at the United Nations.

In Atara, north of Ramallah, and at a checkpoint by the city of Bethlehem, Israeli forces fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

An Israeli army spokesman said that "approximately 200 people -- Palestinians and international activists -- were throwing stones" near Jericho.

"The military force at the site is not reacting with riot dispersal means," the spokesman said, "and one soldier was lightly wounded by rocks. The soldiers are reacting with moderation."

The spokesman also said that around 100 Palestinians demonstrated near Nabi Saleh in the central West Bank, and 50 others had attempted to block a tunnel road connecting West Bank city Bethlehem to Jerusalem.

 

Iran warns Saudi Arabia over possible ground action in Syria

Somalia recaptures key port of Merka from Shebab

Iran reverses mass ban on candidates for parliamentary polls

New photos reveal serious abuse of Iraq prisoners in US facilities

Thousands of Syria refugees brave bad weather at border with Turkey

Egypt returns body of Italian student Giulio Regeni

EU reminds Turkey: Keep your border open to Syria refugees

Palestinian journalist to keep up hunger strike

Iraq’s Sistani to end weekly political sermons

Shebab fighters recapture key port in Somalia

Syria regime forces close in on Daraa

Israeli leaders slam Arab MPs, refuse to return Palestinian corpses

IS jihadists rise in Libya, drop in Iraq and Syria

World powers pledge $10 billion to help war-hit Syrians

Morocco king inaugurates first solar power plant

Saudi ready to send ground troops to Syria

Israel charges cop for exposing woman's ID

Russia accuses Turkey of preparing to invade Syria

Syria talks were an inevitable failure

Saudi says Iranian pilgrims still welcome

Italy demands truth from Egypt over slain student

Fear stalks Libya's Sirte

US adds $890 million to Syria humanitarian aid effort

Tunisia lifts nationwide curfew

Two Israelis jailed for burning Palestinian teen alive

Sweden expects 100,000 asylum seekers in 2016

Turkey refuses access to Russian flight as Aleppo bombardment continues

40,000 Syrians flee Assad regime's Aleppo offensive

US implicitly blames Russia for collapse of Syria peace talks

Rome summons Egypt’s ambassador over student’s death

Israeli forces lock down West Bank town

Two Algerians 'linked to IS' arrested in Germany

Assad regime accused of undermining Syria peace talks

Top Qaeda chief killed in Yemen drone attack

EU agrees on details of Turkey refugee deal as Italy drops objections

Iraq air force receives second batch of F-16 fighter jets

Syria army secures major battlefield victory as peace push falters

Blast on Somalia airliner ‘points to bomb’

In ‘lightening’ raid, Lebanon kills, arrests 22 ISIS members

Three Palestinians, one Israeli killed in Jerusalem

Turkish court acquits academic over 'terrorist propaganda'

Syrian opposition chief arrives in Geneva to join troubled peace talks

Nigeria president warns of Libya ‘time bomb’ for Africa and Europe

Loyalists kill three Qaeda suspects in southern Yemen

Iran, Germany agree on need to cooperate against ‘terrorism’