Clashes at West Bank prisoner border crossing

Clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinians as prisoner release location is changed.

By REUTERS
October 18, 2011 20:40
Abbas greets a newly released prisoner [file]

Abbas greets prisoners 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)

 
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Clashes break out at a check point in the West Bank.

Palestinians throw rocks and Israeli soldiers respond with tear-gas.

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The violence came when officials announced that recently released Palestinian prisoners would be taken to a different border crossing.

But elsewhere there was jubilation as those freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner deal returned home.

"I can't express my feelings, God only knows my feelings. I hope that the prisoners who are still in jail will be with us soon. We dedicate this celebration to our people in Gaza, martyrs, leaders and first of all to God," said released prisoner Muhammad Ramadan.

Hamas hailed the deal as a victory, and the released prisoners received a heroes' welcome.

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