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Clashes after prayers in the West Bank

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 - 00:45

April 12 - Following Friday prayers, Palestinian youths clash with Israeli security forces near the West Bank towns of Silwad and Hebron. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces on Friday following prayers that were held in a field of olive trees near the village of Silwad. The prayers had been held in the field as an act of solidarity for a Palestinian man who was attacked by Israeli settlers from the near by town of Ofra on Thursday. The man who is recovering in hospital was attacked as he worked alone on a property he was building. As the Palestinian men walked away after praying, youths began to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers who were monitoring the prayer gathering. The soldiers responded with several rounds of tear gas as the Palestinian youths blocked the road with large boulders to stop the army jeeps from getting near them. Near the West Bank town Hebron on Friday, a small group of Palestinians marched to demand the release of a man from Israeli detention. As they walked together, holding placards and chanting, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas causing them to flee. The Palestinian youths pelted the security forces with stones and acrid black smoke from burning tires could be seen as a large water cannon vehicle drove towards the protesters causing them to disperse. A surge in violence in the occupied West Bank over the past several weeks has raised concern in Israel that a new Palestinian uprising could erupt. Palestinians seek statehood in territories Israel captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Peace talks broke down over Palestinian objections to Israel expanding settlements on occupied land.

Clashes after prayers in the West Bank

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 - 00:45

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