Pillar protest in West Bank 370.
(photo credit: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters)
The Palestinian Authority warned Saturday of “chaos” in the West Bank in
response to the ongoing IDF operation in the Gaza Strip.
The warning came
as Palestinians staged demonstrations in various parts of the West Bank in
protest against the IDF offensive.
Many protesters carried Hamas’s green
flags and chanted slogans calling on the Islamic movement’s armed wing, Izzadin
Kassam Brigades, to “destroy Tel Aviv.”
In Ramallah, hundreds of
demonstrators marched toward IDF soldiers stationed near Ofer Prison on the
southern outskirts of the city.
At least seven protesters were injured,
four of them seriously, when IDF soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas
toward the crowd, eyewitnesses said.
Palestinians also clashed with IDF
soldiers at the southern entrance to Nablus.
Three people were lightly
injured, according to Palestinian sources.
Similar protests erupted in
Bethlehem and Jenin.
A PA official in Ramallah said that the
confrontations could lead to a state of “chaos” in the West Bank.
Israel fully responsible for the escalation, the official warned that the PA
could lose control over the situation if the Israeli “aggression” on the Gaza