May 19, 2021 - World

In photos: Palestinians strike across occupied territories, Israel in show of unity

Palestinians gather to stage a protest ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip and violations in East Jerusalem, on May 18, 2021, in Ramallah,
Palestinians in Ramallah protest against Israel's airstrikes in Gaza and the looming evictions of several Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. Photo: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Palestinians across the occupied territories and Israel on Tuesday went on strike in a collective show of unity as the fighting between Israel and Hamas raged on.

The big picture: Businesses shuttered for the day and schools were closed to protest the Israeli military campaign against Hamas in Gaza, the looming evictions of several Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, the Israeli occupation and the treatment of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

  • Protests took place across the occupied West Bank and in some cities in Israel that have large Palestinian populations.
  • While the protests remained peaceful in many places, violence broke out in some areas — with Israeli forces firing tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades at Palestinians throwing rocks and some of whom set fire to tires, per AP.
  • At least three protesters were killed and more than 140 were wounded Tuesday, AP reported, citing Palestinian health authorities. Two Israeli soldiers were wounded by gunshots.

Of note: Tuesday's strike came a little over a week after recent fighting between Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza, began.

  • More than 215 Palestinians, including 63 children have been killed in Gaza, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
  • At least 12 people, including two children, in Israel have been killed by rockets fired from Gaza, according to Israeli authorities.
A Palestinian man walks past shuttered stores in East Jerusalem. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images
A Palestinian man walks past shuttered stores in East Jerusalem. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images
Palestinians demonstrate in the city of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, in solidarity with Gaza
Palestinians demonstrate in the city of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, in solidarity with Gaza. Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images
Palestinians walk past shuttered stores in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus as a general strike is observed in solidarity with Gaza and Jerusalem.
Palestinians walk past shuttered stores in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus as a general strike is observed in solidarity with Gaza and Jerusalem. Photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP via Getty Images
Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrate in Haifa, Israel
Palestinian citizens of Israel rally in Haifa, Israel. Photo: Mati Milstein/NurPhoto via Getty Images
An aerial picture shows an empty main road in Hebron during a Palestinian general strike.
An aerial picture shows an empty main road in Hebron during a Palestinian general strike. Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images
A man walks past shuttered Palestinian stores in Hebron during Tuesday's strike.
A man walks past shuttered Palestinian stores in Hebron during Tuesday's strike. Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images
A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli troops at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli troops at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP via Getty Images
Israeli soldiers restrain a Palestinian protester in Bethlehem.
Israeli soldiers restrain a Palestinian protester in Bethlehem. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
Israeli troops fire tear gas towards demonstrators during a protest in Bethlehem.
Israeli troops fire tear gas towards demonstrators during a protest in Bethlehem. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

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