Published: 2018-06-14 16:21
Last Updated: 2018-06-14 17:38
Security forces in Ramallah violently dispersed on Wednesday tens of protesters during a demonstration against sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Security forces used sound and tear gas bombs, to disperse protesters who chanted in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
Three people were arrested and videos were shared on social media showing demonstrators being hit while expressing their anger and condemnation.
Similar demands were made during demonstrations earlier on Sunday, calling upon Abbas to ease the sanctions that are exacerbating the living conditions facing more than two million Gazans.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) issued a ban on Wednesday, stating that demonstrations during Eid Al Fitr holiday would be suspended in order to “ensure that the flow of ordinary day-to-day life is not disrupted during Eid,” assuring that the demonstrations would be allowed to resume afterwards.
Hamas has since come out and condemned the way Abbas has handled the demonstrations, considering it a violation for freedom of expression. Hamas took over Gaza in 2007 and since then, Israel and the PA have imposed a siege on the coastal enclave.