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Palestinians clash with Israeli troops

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli security forces Thursday, hurling rocks and burning tires at a West Bank demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Palestinians have staged protests across the West Bank all week in solidarity with the 4,500 prisoners held by Israel. Four of the prisoners are staging a hunger strike, and the worsening condition of one, Samer Issawi, sparked the latest round of unrest between the protesters and Israeli troops.

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His hunger strike has drawn international attention from notables such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Issawi is incarcerated for violating the terms of his release from a previous prison term. On Thursday, an Israeli court sentenced him for eight months from the day of his arrest on July 7, meaning he could be freed as early as next month.

But Palestinian officials said it wasn’t a done deal because Issawi also faces separate charges in a military court, and there were no indications that he planned to end his hunger strike.

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