Violent protests in West Bank over Gaza conflict

"Strike, Strike, Tel Aviv," crowds chant in Nablus; protests also held in Ramallah, Hebron prior to ceaef-fire.

By REUTERS
November 21, 2012 18:35
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Border patrol fires tear gas at W Bank protest

Border patrol fires tear gas at W Bank protest 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

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

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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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Palestinians said two protesters were killed by Israeli gunfire in separate incidents in West Bank demonstrations earlier this week. The military is investigating both incidents.



In Nablus hundreds waved Palestinian and Islamist Hamas flags in a rally against the eight-day conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

"Strike, Strike, Tel Aviv," crowds chanted, reciting the words made popular by a new pop song.

Israel said it launched its air strikes against Gaza to halt repeated rocket attacks from the coastal enclave. More than 140 Palestinians and four Israelis have died in the conflict.

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