Israel disperses Palestinian woman rally in W. Bank

RAMALLAH – Scores of Palestinian women on Saturday suffocated from teargas fired by Israeli army forces during a rally near the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) in the West Bank.

More than 300 Palestinian women participated in the protest, which was organized by a Qalandia women`s association on the occasion of the International Women`s Day.

Israeli soldiers used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstration, which started outside the Qalandia refugee camp, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.

Demonstrators carried banners critical of U.S. and Israeli policies and called for making Al-Quds as the capital of the future Palestinian state.

"We went to Qalandia checkpoint to show that East Jerusalem is part of Palestine and the capital of the Palestinian state," Magda al-Masri, a lawmaker from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, told AA as she participated in the protest.

She added that the protest is also meant to send a message to U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that Palestinians would not compromise on their rights.

US-brokered peace talks between Israel and Palestinians resumed in Washington last summer after a nearly three-year pause.

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