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Palestinians show online solidarity to Ferguson protesters

A protester throws back a smoke bomb while clashing with police in Ferguson, Missouri...A protester throws back a smoke bomb while clashing with police in Ferguson. (Reuters)

Many Palestinians took to social media to show solidarity and share advice on how to deal with tear gas with protesters in the U.S. riot-hit city of Ferguson, Missouri.

The tweets, which were responding to the #Ferguson and #Palestine, started as photos of armed police in riot gear and armoured tanks emerged on Wednesday evening, the Telegraph reported.

On Twitter user @MariamBarghouti wrote: “Solidarity with #Ferguson. Remember to not touch your face when tear-gassed or put water on it.”

Another user @Rajaiabukhalil said: “Always make sure to run against the wind /to keep calm when you're teargassed, the pain will pass, don't rub your eyes! #Ferguson solidarity.”

He wrote: "Will Never forget how #Ferguson chanted Free #Palestine and chanted for #Gaza, it touched my Heart. Stay strong, Freedom demands resilience."

@Rajaiabukhalil also advised protesters not to “keep much distance from the Police, if you're close to them they can't tear Gas.”

“To #Ferguson from #Palestine,” @Rajaiabukhalil added in a sign of solidarity to the demonstrators in Missouri.

“It is always, the oppressed caring for the oppressed. No matter where in the world. #Palestine stands with #Ferguson,” he said. 

Protests erupted in Missouri after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb who alleging had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said police fired a teargas canister at a crowd as violence and looting erupted.

On the Palestinian side, negotiations for a sustainable ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians are still ongoing in Cairo.

The 5-week long conflict which erupted on July 8 has so far killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, according to Palestinian and U.N. officials.

Israel has lost 67 people, all but three of them soldiers.

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Last Update: Saturday, 16 August 2014 KSA 15:26 - GMT 12:26
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