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Night clashes in Bethlehem

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 - 00:31

Palestinian youths clash with Israeli soldiers after funeral of Palestinian teenager they believe was killed in retaliation for the deaths of three Israeli youths. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Dozens of Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem late on Friday (July 4) , after thousands attended the funeral of a teen they believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews in Jerusalem. At the entrance of Bethlehem, a frequent flashpoint of violence, youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired back with teargas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. Earlier on Friday, in one of the most highly charged displays of enmity in Jerusalem in years, the body of Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, was carried through his neighborhood under a sweltering sun. Palestinian officials trying to calm tensions in recent weeks have said they would prevent any intifada, or uprising, and seek a solution to a crisis that began when three Israeli teens were kidnapped in the occupied West Bank on June 12. The discovery of their dead bodies on Monday (June 30) prompted an outpouring of national grief in Israel. Tensions spiked after Abu Khudair was kidnapped on Wednesday (July 2) in his Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem and his charred body was found hours later in a forest on the edge of the city. Many Palestinians, including President Mahmoud Abbas, assert he was the victim of far-right Jews incensed at the discovery this week of the remains of the three Israeli teenagers. The slayings of the young Palestinian and Israelis ramped up mutual aggravation that has festered since Netanyahu quit U.S.-sponsored peace talks in April over Abbas's surprise power-share with rival Hamas Islamists. Netanyahu accused Hamas militants of seizing the three Israelis and the military mounted a 2-1/2-week-long search in the West Bank and a sweep against the movement's activists and institutions. Hundreds of Palestinians, many of them Hamas members, were detained.

Night clashes in Bethlehem

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 - 00:31

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