Israeli forces quell peaceful protest demanding release of wounded prisoner and mother in Israeli jails

JERUSALEM, Saturday, Israeli forces Saturday quelled a peaceful demonstration held at al-Zahra St, in central occupied Jerusalem, in support of wounded Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, Esra Jaabis.

Jaabis, 33, a mother of a baby child and a resident of Jabal al-Mukkaber neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, was sentenced to eleven years in jail after she was charged of attempting to blow up an Israeli army checkpoint outside Jerusalem in October 2015.

WAFA correspondent said Israeli police and special forces attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters demanding the release of Jaabis with tear gas canisters and stun grenades. No injuries or arrests were reported.

Jaabis, who is married to a Palestinian from Jericho, had a gas cylinder in her car when it blew up, apparently accidently, when she was only meters away from the checkpoint to the east of Jerusalem. Her family said at the time that she was moving her stuff from Jericho to a new place in Jerusalem when the cylinder blew up by accident. The army, however, decided otherwise and said Jaabis was intending to blow up the checkpoint.

The Jerusalem resident was seriously hurt in the accident with third degrees burns on 60 percent of her body and face. She also lost eight fingers.

Jaabis’ medical condition has severally worsened since her arrest due to medical negligence by the Israeli Prison Service.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency