Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinian security forces fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse a rare anti-government protest in the occupied West Bank Wednesday, an AFP reporter said, as hundreds demonstrated against Palestinian punitive measures against Hamas-run Gaza.
The protest in central Ramallah, the West Bank city that houses the Palestinian government, was in defiance of a temporary ban on demonstrations announced earlier Wednesday.


The protesters were demanding that 83-year-old Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas drop measures against Gaza which critics say amount to collective punishment of the two million residents there.
After the protesters were dispersed organisers pledged to again flaunt the ban by holding fresh rallies in the coming days in a new challenge for the ailing and unpopular Palestinian leader.
"There will be more protests within the next week," campaign activist Fadi Quran told AFP.

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