Violent protests in West Bank over Gaza conflict

By REUTERS
November 21, 2012 18:52

RAMALLAH - Small clashes broke out between Palestinians and the IDF in multiple locations across the West Bank on Wednesday in protests over the on-going conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Medics said two Palestinians were shot in the legs by Israeli gunfire in a demonstration outside Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah -- one of several flash points for protests against Israeli forces.

The IDF says its soldiers fire live ammunition at demonstrators' legs only after they have fired warning shots in the air and "exhausted all possible means" to avoid any perceived imminent danger to themselves.

The three main cities in the West Bank -- Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus -- all saw dozens of Palestinian youths hurling stones at soldiers, with some using sling-shots.

They were met with tear-gas canisters, stun grenades, rubber bullets, foul smelling 'skunk' spray, and the live ammunition.


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