Anti-Obama protesters scuffle with Palestinian police

March 19, 2013 20:27

RAMALLAH, West Bank- Palestinian police scuffled on Tuesday with scores of demonstrators protesting against the visit of US President Barack Obama to the occupied West Bank later this week.

Dozens of officers and plainclothes policemen prevented the crowd from reaching the main offices of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Palestinians' de facto capital Ramallah, leading to shoving, but no serious injuries.

Palestinians are skeptical of Obama's visit, which US officials have said will not seek an immediate revival of peace talks with Israel.

Negotiations broke down in 2010 in a dispute over Israeli settlement construction on land the Palestinians want for a state. Abbas has said Israel must stop settlement building in order for peace negotiations to start again. Israel has called for a resumption of talks with no preconditions.

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