Israeli troops kill three Palestinians but peace talks resume
Monday, August 26, 2013 - 01:20
Aug. 26 - Israeli troops killed three Palestinians in the West Bank during an early morning raid that casts a shadow on peace talks which had finally resumed after three years of stalemate. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians and wounded about a dozen others on Monday in this West bank village near Jerusalem.
It happened after an early morning raid by Israeli armored units to arrest a suspected militant.
They were confronted by Palestinians throwing debris and stones. Israeli police say the Palestinians also used firebombs.
The flare up couldn't come at a worse time.
Just hours after the clashes, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met for another round of U.S.-brokered peace talks.
The talks resumed last month following three long years of stalemate.
But at the funeral for the three men killed Monday, a spokesman for the Palestinian Fatah movement was anything but optimistic.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FATAH SPOKESMAN AHMED ASSAF SAYING:
"This shows that Israel has true intentions in making sure the American efforts which aim to revive the peace process fail. This new crime is added to all the other crimes committed recently by Israel including settlement expansion and other indicators that show that the Israeli government is not interested in reaching peace."
Violence in the West Bank has worsened this year.
Few express much optimism for a major breakthrough in the peace talks, but Monday's clashes may have only dampened the mood.
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