Palestinians protest US-brokered PA-Israel talks

Palestinians have taken to the streets in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to protest against the US-mediated talks between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Israeli regime, Press TV reports.

The demonstration took place on Wednesday in the center of Ramallah, with protesters planning to march to the Muqata’a compound, where the Palestinian Authority is headquartered.

Scuffles broke out between the protesters and police forces who stopped the demonstrators from reaching the compound.

Police also attacked the protesters called for the resignation of acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas.

The protesters also held a symbolic funeral for three Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in Qalandiya refugee camp in West Bank on Monday.

The fresh round of negotiations began last month to end the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the so-called two-state solution after a three-year hiatus.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the Gaza Strip and are demanding Israel to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds. Even days before the start of the talks Israel announced plans for more than 2,000 new settler units in East al-Quds and the West Bank, which angered Palestinians.

(Source / 29.08.2013)

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