JERICHO, Monday, June 22, 2020 (WAFA) - Israeli forces prevented dozens of buses carrying hundreds of protesters coming from the northern West Bank from reaching Jericho in response to calls made by Fatah movement to join together to express the total and absolute rejection of Israel’s unilateral plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
Israeli forces shut down two military checkpoints, in the northern Jordan Valley, and attacked participants with tear gas canisters and prevented them from crossing the checkpoint to participate in the mass gathering in Jericho.
The mass rally was instead held at the checkpoint, where thousands of participants gathered to show rejection of Israel’s plans to annex large part of the occupied West Bank in blatant violation of international legitimacy.
Fatah movement called on Palestinians to participate in a mass gathering on Monday in Jericho, in the occupied West Bank, as part of popular activities that carry one message: “Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank will not pass.”
(Updated at 8:28 pm with the injury of eight Palestinians during clashes that broke out between participants and Israeli forces. Forces attacked participants with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters, shooting and injuring four people and causing suffocation to four others).