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Israeli troops, Palestinians clash in Hebron

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December 14, 2012 | 9:06 am

P.A. policemen hold their shields in the West Bank city of Hebron on Dec. 14. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters

P.A. policemen hold their shields in the West Bank city of Hebron on Dec. 14. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters

Participants in a Hamas-organized demonstration in Hebron hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers.

Israel’s Army Radio reported that approximately 2,000 Palestinians participated in the demonstration, which turned into a march on a square that is located on the border of the West Bank city’s Jewish neighborhood. The Israeli news site NRG put the number of demonstrators at 8,000.

Disturbances also occurred in the West Bank villages of Bli’in, Na’alin, Nabi Saleh and Qadum after Friday prayers in mosques. The Israeli news site Ynet reported that Molotov cocktails were also hurled at Israeli soldiers and border guards, but no one was hurt.

Palestinian security personnel were seen participating in the Hamas-organized rally in Hebron, Army Radio reported. Israeli troops have dispersed several riots in Hebron since the shooting death on Wednesday of a Palestinian boy who had pointed what turned out to be a fake gun at an Israeli border guard.

On Thursday night, unidentified individuals shot an assault rifle in the direction of a Jewish woman while she was waiting at a bus stop near Neveh Tzuf, a settlement in the West Bank. She was not hurt, according to Army Radio.

The shooting happened shortly after another Israeli sustained minor injuries from stones that Palestinians threw at his car as he was approaching the settlement of Ma’aleh.

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