Hundreds of Palestinians rally against President Mahmoud Abbas after hospital attack

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Hundreds of Palestinians marching on Tuesday through central Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian Authority, protesting President Mahmoud Abbas clashed with Palestinian forces in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

“The people want the fall of the president,” protesters chanted, referring to Abbas, an AFP journalist reported, apparently over his conciliatory tone since war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza began earlier this month.

Palestinian forces in Ramallah fired tear gas at demonstrators who had gathered, calling for Abbas to step down, apparently over his conciliatory tone since war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza began earlier this month.

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The clashes came after the health ministry in Gaza, ruled by Hamas militants at war with Israel, said at least 200 people were killed in an Israeli strike on a hospital where displaced people had sheltered in the coastal enclave.

The Authority has partial administrative control in the Israel-occupied West Bank.

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