Is­raeli forces clash with Pales­tini­ans at West Bank

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Is­raeli forces clashed with Pales­tinian youth dur­ing demon­stra­tions Tues­day at a ma­jor check­point be­tween Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ra­mal­lah.

Sev­eral hun­dred Pales­tini­ans demon­strated at the Qa­lan­dia check­point, with some throw­ing stones. Is­raeli forces wear­ing riot gear fired rub­ber bul­lets and threw stun grenades to dis­perse the crowd.

Vi­o­lence has in­ten­si­fied in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in re­cent weeks mainly over the Jerusalem holy site revered by Mus­lims as the alAqsa mosque and Jews as the Tem­ple Mount.

Four Is­raelis have been killed in shoot­ing and stab­bing at­tacks in re­cent days.

On Mon­day, Is­raeli forces shot and killed two Pales­tinian teenagers who were throw­ing stones. Is­raeli po­lice also ar­rested five Pales­tini­ans ac­cused in last week’s driveby shoot­ing that killed an Is­raeli cou­ple.

The Is­raeli army said it has de­mol­ished Tues­day the homes of two Pales­tinian mil­i­tants who car­ried out deadly at­tacks last year in Jerusalem.

Is­rael says the move

is aimed at de­ter­ring Pales­tinian ter­ror­ists af­ter a wave of shoot­ings and stab­bings that left four Is­raelis dead since Thurs­day.

Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu promised a “strong hand” to fight terror and to quell un­rest that has raised fears of a third Pales­tinian upris­ing. Gu­atemalan of­fi­cials have de­clared a neigh­bour­hood which was buried in a mud­slide un­in­hab­it­able.

More than 160 peo­ple died when the mud­slide tore through homes in Santa Cata­rina Pin­ula on Thurs­day.

Emer­gency work­ers are still ex­ca­vat­ing the area but have given up hope of find­ing any sur­vivors.

It is not yet clear what will hap­pen to the sur­vivors and whether the state will re­lo­cate them to safer ground.

Pales­tini­ans burn tires dur­ing Is­raeli mil­i­tary raid in the West Bank city of Nablus, yesterday.

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