Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian protester and wounded about 200 others on Thursday after clashes erupted as several thousand people demonstrated in the occupied West Bank against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medics said.
The protest erupted after allies of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement marched from the West Bank city of Ramallah to the edges of Jerusalem to protest against Israel’s offensive against the Hamas militants that rule Gaza.
Nearly 800 Palestinians have been killed so far in the Gaza operation, most of them civilians.
Israel Radio said the West Bank protest appeared to be the largest since the end of the 2000-2005 Palestinian uprising.
The Israeli military confirmed that its troops had used “riot dispersal” methods against protesters, who threw rocks and firebombs at them and blocked a road with burning tyres.
Hospital officials earlier said three protesters had been killed, but revised that to one killed and three others in critical condition and on life support. Some 200 protesters were injured, a hospital doctor said.
Israeli troops have killed two other Palestinians this week in smaller confrontations in the West Bank, territory Israel captured along with Gaza in the 1967 war.
Protests were also reported in Jerusalem, where police confronted Palestinian protesters in and near the old walled city, including outside a flashpoint holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said several officers were injured by rocks thrown at them in Jerusalem and that about 20 protesters were arrested.