HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two Palestinians and an Israeli protester while violently dispersing a protest in solidarity with hunger-striking administrative detainees in the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar on Saturday, organizers said.
Younes Arar, coordinator of the committee of popular resistance for Hebron and Bethlehem, told Ma'an that the group had organized a "peaceful protest" at the entrance to the village of Beit Ummar, but Israeli soldiers soon cracked down on the march and attacked participants.
The protest was organized in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 24 days against their detention without trial by Israeli authorities, and to mark the 66th anniversary of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland in the 1948 Nakba.
"The soldiers threatened to open fire on us and attacked us by firing sound grenades and tear gas grenades, and chased the participants," Arar said.
The soldiers subsequently arrested Yusef Abu Maria, 39, Ahmad Abu Hashem, 48, and an Israeli solidarity activist who was not named.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "dozens of Palestinians tried to approach route 60," as it runs through the area, and after Israeli soldiers "asked them to step away from the road," and they did not comply, the soldiers took the three individuals away for "security questioning."
The protest comes two days after Israeli forces killed two and injured more than a dozen in Palestinians in commemoration protests that erupted across the country.