Pales­tini­ans clash with Is­raeli forces across West Bank

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Pales­tini­ans have clashed with Is­raeli forces and settlers across the West Bank as vi­o­lence con­tin­ued to grip the oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries and Is­rael.

In the south­ern West Bank city of He­bron, Pales­tinian demon­stra­tors marched from a lo­cal univer­sity to an Is­raeli set­tle­ment, where they were con­fronted by the army on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

More protests were held across the West Bank, in­clud­ing in the city of Nablus, and in the Gaza Strip.

The clashes come just a day af­ter five Pales­tini­ans were shot dead by Is­raeli forces or settlers dur­ing al­leged stab­bing at­tacks - three of them in He­bron.

Trig­gered by Is­raeli in­cur­sions into the al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound last month, protests against Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion have in­creased in fre­quency across the West Bank, in­clud­ing East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Is­raeli forces have re­sponded with a crack­down on pro­test­ers, us­ing tear gas, stun grenades, rub­ber-coated steel bul­lets and live am­mu­ni­tion.

At least 43 Pales­tini­ans in­clud­ing sus­pected at­tack­ers, un­armed pro­test­ers and by­standers - have been killed by Is­rael since Oc­to­ber 1.

Seven Is­raelis have been killed in at­tacks by Pales­tini­ans this month.

Mean­while, US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry will, later this week, meet with Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Ne­tanyahu and Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas amid a surge in vi­o­lence.

At least 43 Pales­tini­ans and seven Is­raelis have been killed in this month’s un­rest [AP]

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