West Bank Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers, police
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 01:45
Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers and Palestinian Authority police in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, while pro-Hamas supporters march in Hebron. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Palestinians in the West Bank town of Bethlehem threw stones and shot fireworks at Israeli troops who responded with tear gas Friday (July 18), until Palestinian Authority police forces stepped in to push back protesters.
In Hebron, pro-Hamas demonstrators marched peacefully in support of Hamas' battles against Israeli troops in Gaza, even as Israel warned it could "significantly widen" a Gaza land offensive but was cautioned by its main ally, the United States, about the risks of further escalation as Palestinian civilian deaths mounted.
Palestinian officials said 58 Palestinians, at least 15 of them under the age of 18, have been killed since Israel sent ground forces on Thursday into the densely-populated enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians.
The Israeli military said it killed 17 Palestinian gunmen while another 13 surrendered and were taken for questioning after the infantry and tank assault began in the Islamist Hamas-dominated territory.
One Israeli soldier was killed in an apparent friendly fire incident, the military said, and several other troops were wounded in the ground operations. It said some 150 targets, including 21 concealed rocket launchers and four tunnels, have been attacked.
The Israeli land advance followed 10 days of barrages against Gaza from air and sea, hundreds of rockets fired by Hamas into Israel and failed attempts by Egypt, a broker of ceasefires in previous Israeli-Palestinian flare-ups, to secure a truce.
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