'Flytilla' activists protest in West Bank?
Leftists clashing with security forces in Palestinian village say joined by pro-Palestinian activists who arrived in Israel in recent days and evaded police at Ben-Gurion Airport; three protestors arrested
Palestinians and left-wing activists on Saturday afternoon clashed with Israeli security forces in two separate incidents, in the Palestinian village of Nabi Salih and at the Qalandiya Checkpoint in northern Jerusalem.
Pro-Palestinian activists who arrived in Israel as part of the fly-in to Ben-Gurion Airport were said to have taken part in one of the protests.
About 80 Palestinian and left-wing protestors arrived at Nabi Salih in the afternoon hours and clashed with security forces. According to left-wing activists, some of the protestors landed in Israel in recent days and managed to evade detention at the airport.
Some of the protestors hurled stones at Israel Defense Forces soldiers, who responded with crowd dispersal means. The area was declared a closed military zone and three demonstrators were arrested.
Earlier, some 100 protestors clashed with security forces at the Qalandiya Checkpoint. They carried flags of Palestine and signs calling for the return of refugees to Israel and for the demolition of the separation fence.
"The people want the occupation to end. The return of refugees is our legal right," the protestors chanted. They hurled stones at the soldiers, who responded with gas grenades.
Elior Levy is Ynet's Palestinian affairs correspondent
Yair Altman contributed to this report