Middle East

Israeli troops, Palestinians clash over prisoner

Mar. 8, 2012: Palestinian women take part in a protest in solidarity with Hana Shalabi, a Palestinian prisoner jailed in Israel and who has been on hunger strike for 22 days, and marking International Women's Day in front of the International Red cross offices in Gaza City.

Mar. 8, 2012: Palestinian women take part in a protest in solidarity with Hana Shalabi, a Palestinian prisoner jailed in Israel and who has been on hunger strike for 22 days, and marking International Women's Day in front of the International Red cross offices in Gaza City.

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinians demanding the release of a hunger-striking detainee have clashed with Israeli troops at a West Bank crossing into Jerusalem.

Soldiers fired tear gas and aimed a water cannon Thursday at about 50 women marching in support of Hana Shalabi, who has gone without food for 22 days. A woman was knocked down.

Palestinian teens threw rocks at the soldiers from behind the women's march.

Shalabi was arrested Feb. 16, four months after being freed in a prisoner swap with Israel. She is being held without formal charges in what Israel calls administrative detention.

In Gaza, about 500 women marched for Shalabi.

Another administrative detainee went without food for more than two months to protest the practice. Israel said it would release him next month, and he stopped his strike.