On 2 July 2011, the Islamic political organization, Hizb-ut Tahrir (The Party
of Freedom), staged a last-minute demonstration in Hebron after the Palestinian
Authority (PA) blocked a planned demonstration in Ramallah. Over 1000 demonstrators descended upon
the Palestinian-controlled area of the city in the late afternoon. Subsequent clashes with Palestinian
policeâ€”with the protestors throwing stones and police responding with tear gas
and shots fired into the airâ€”resulted in about thirty casualties, including one
person who was hospitalized.