WEST BANK – It is the largest protest seen in years in the occupied West Bank as over 10,000 protesters have been seen clashing with Israeli police in Ramallah city on Thursday that killed two Palestinian protesters and according to medics has claimed the lives of five more Palestinians on Friday when the Israeli police fired into the crowd.
Doctors at Ramallah Hospital on Friday confirmed receiving dozens of live-fire patients and are now appealing for blood donors as victims continue to flood into the hospital. Israel Radio said “the protest appears to be the largest since the end of the 2000-2005 Palestinian uprising.”
The Israeli police said protesters have been using firebombs and throwing stones at them and blocked a road with burning tires. The police say they have been using “riot dispersal means” against the Palestinian protesters.
Al Jazeera correspondent Dalia Hatuqa in Ramallah at the scene of the protest, the main road between Ramallah and Jerusalem was “carpeted with stones that mostly young Palestinians threw at Israeli forces.”
"In the West Bank, we need to take our resistance efforts to a higher level," Na'el Halabi, a student at Birzeit University, told Al Jazeera in Ramallah. "Gaza is not alone: we are part of the same struggle."
According to the New York Times, the Palestinians planned protest “day of rage” on Friday comes after an international outcry when on Thursday a tank opened fire at a U.N. school/shelter where civilians were seeking safety, killing 15.
On Thursday alone, the Gaza health ministry said on Friday that at least 119 people were killed by Israel Defense Forces as they say the death toll now in the Gaza Strip is at 828 after 18 days of crossfire between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The Israel Iron Dome anti-missile system has kept the death toll in Israel to a minimum with two civilians and 35 Israeli soldiers killed when the IDF ground offensive began.
The demonstration in the West Bank came during the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Demonstrations were reported by Israeli police also in East Jerusalem neighborhoods on Friday. There are reportedly more demonstrations being called for by Palestinian factions on Friday.