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"Day of Rage" across West Bank

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 01:09

Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters in cities across the West Bank after Palestinian factions call for ''day of rage.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Israeli soldiers fired teargas, stun grenades, rubber coated bullets and live bullets at Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Ramallah near Beit Eil settlement and in the cities of Hebron and Bethlehem on Friday. The protesters set tires ablaze and hurled stones at Israeli troops during clashes that erupted following Friday prayers. Dozens of minor injuries due to bullets were reported and tens of people arrived at hospitals suffering respiratory difficulties after tear gas inhalation. Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip, called in a statement "on angry Palestinians to take part in the mass rallies at the Friday of rage and new confrontation against occupation (Israeli) soldiers." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement and militant Islamic Jihad have also urged Palestinians to take part in the demonstrations. Nine Israelis have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks since the start of October. Forty-nine Palestinians among them children and including 25 assailants, have been killed in attacks and during protests. Netanyahu, who has accused Abbas of inciting the violence, has pledged to maintain a decades-old status quo at al-Aqsa compound that bans Jews from praying there and has denied Palestinian allegations that he intends to change the arrangement. Peace talks collapsed in 2014 over Israeli settlement-building in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Palestinians seek for a state, and after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas angered Israel by reaching a unity deal with the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza.

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"Day of Rage" across West Bank

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 01:09