Israeli troops have attacked a peaceful Palestinian protest rally in an East al-Quds (Jerusalem) neighborhood, killing a three-month-old infant.
The three-month-old female infant died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli police in the Silwan neighborhood. Israeli police also fired rubber bullets during clashes with Palestinian protesters.
Palestinians hold weekly protest rallies in Silwan against Tel Aviv’s harsh policies towards Palestinians following the Friday Prayers.
Elsewhere in the occupied territories, Israeli forces also fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Palestinian and international activists in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), wounding at least nine people.
Several Palestinian protesters were also arrested.
Protesters were marking the 17th anniversary of the massacre of 29 Palestinians by a Jewish extremist in the city when they were attacked by Israeli troops.
Protesters were also calling for the reopening of one of the city’s main streets, which Israel closed off to Palestinians following the 1994 massacre in the region.
The protesters also voiced support for the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions and condemned Washington’s policy toward the expansion of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian lands.