Gallery: Palestinians rally to support statehood

Thousands gather in Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus, Kalkilya ahead of expected bid for UN membership and statehood later this week.

September 21, 2011 16:18

Palestinians in front of a symbolic chair in Ramallah 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

Demonstrations supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state were taking place in cities across the West Bank Wednesday, ahead of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's expected request for United Nations recognition of statehood later this week.

In Ramallah, thousands of Palestinians had gathered by late morning in the city's central Al Manara Square and Clock Squares.

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"We are asking for the most simple of rights, a state like other nations," said Sabrina Hussein, 50, carrying the green, red, black and white Palestinian national flag at the main demonstration in Ramallah.

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