Hamas supporters in Hebron protesting Israeli air strikes against militants are dispersed by Palestinian security forces, who said their night demonstration was illegal. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Hundreds of Hamas supporters demonstrated on a main road in the West Bank city of Hebron on Monday evening (July 7), protesting Israeli air strikes against militants in Gaza.
Hebron, a flashpoint of violence between Palestinians and Israelis, is a stronghold of Hamas.
Palestinian police dispersed the protesters, citing lack of permission from the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas has vowed revenge for what it saw as Israel's deadliest attacks on Monday in which six Palestinian militants died, though Israel denied any involvement.
The surge in violence has raged since the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths last month and a Palestinian teen last week.
The Hebron demonstrators denounced the killing of the Palestinian youngster, Mohammed Abu Khudair, whose death was blamed on far-right Jews.
Hebron has born the brunt of Israeli raids since June 12, when the three Jewish teens went missing while hitchhiking near the area.
Hamas has neither confirmed nor denied having any role in their disappearance, but claimed responsibility for firing rockets at Israel on Monday for the first time since a 2012 war with Israel that ended in an Egyptian-brokered truce.
It was enraged after its armed wing said six of its members were killed in Israeli air strikes on Monday, and another was pulled from the rubble, seriously wounded.
The death toll was the highest Hamas has suffered since the 2012 fighting.
Israel called up reserve troops on Monday in anticipation of a possible escalation of hostilities with the Islamist group that dominates the Gaza Strip.
The armed wing of the Palestinian group said it fired dozens of rockets within about an hour, after hundreds since mid-June.
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