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Palestinians scuffle with Israeli troops in Jerusalem, West Bank

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 01:07

Sept. 24 - Palestinians scuffle with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and in the West Bank city of Hebron. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Israeli security forces scuffled with dozens of Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem on Tuesday. In the West Bank city of Hebron, a flashpoint of recent violence, dozens of Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli soldiers. The army said soldiers at the site reacted with riot dispersal means as the youths were throwing stones. Scuffles also erupted near Jerusalem's Old city walls, where hundreds of Palestinians held a demonstration waving Palestinian flags. An Israeli police spokesperson said that security forces dispersed 300 Palestinians following stone hurling. Two were arrested, he added. An Israeli soldier was shot dead on Sunday during a Jewish festival in the West Bank city of Hebron, a hotbed of tensions where some 500 Israeli settler families live among 100,000 Palestinians. He was the second Israeli serviceman killed since Friday by suspected Palestinian gunmen as tensions rise in the occupied territory despite a resumption of stalled U.S.-brokered peace talks in July. On Saturday, Israeli authorities said a soldier had been killed by a Palestinian who had lured him to his hometown in the West Bank. A Palestinian suspect has been arrested. A week ago a Palestinian militant was killed in a confrontation with Israeli forces, the fourth Palestinian fatality since July, and one of about two dozen fatalities since the start of the year. About 500,000 Israelis and 2.5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas which, along with the Gaza Strip, were captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. Most world powers deem the Jewish settlements illegal and Palestinians fear their presence will deny them a viable state. Israel disputes this and has vowed to keep major settlement blocs under any eventual peace accord with the Palestinians.

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Palestinians scuffle with Israeli troops in Jerusalem, West Bank

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 01:07