Palestinian protesters carry posters, one reads "the sea is ours," while while taking part in an anti-Israel demonstration during a general strike in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Palestinians across Israel and the occupied territories are on strike in a rare collective action against Israel’s policies as the war, now in its second week, showed no signs of abating. AP Photo
Palestinians across the West Bank and in east Jerusalem mobilised Tuesday for protests and a general strike that shuttered non-essential businesses, in support of those under bombardment in Gaza.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement had called for a 'day of anger', a call echoed in Arab and ethnically mixed towns inside Israel.
'We are here to raise our voice and stand with the people in Gaza who are being bombed,' Ramallah protester Aya Dabour told AFP.
An AFP reporter heard bursts of gunfire as thousands of Palestinian protesters faced Israeli troops north of Ramallah, with one soldier being carried away from the scene after an apparent leg injury.
The army said 'a report was received regarding a shooting' in Ramallah district.
Tensions again flared in east Jerusalem's flashpoint Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, where Palestinian protesters faced off against police, ahead of a planned demonstration at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, where hostilities have also surged in recent weeks.
Israel's army said it had 'neutralised' an assailant attempting to attack soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the man's death.
The military conflict was sparked after clashes broke out at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound , one of Islam's holiest sites after Israeli forces clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians on May 7.
This followed a crackdown against protests over planned evictions of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of east Jerusalem.
Israel has been trying to contain violence between Jews and Israeli Arabs, as well as unrest in the occupied West Bank, where Palestinian authorities say Israeli forces have killed 21 Palestinians since May 10.