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Ramallah - IN PHOTOS: Violent Protests In West Bank Over Gaza Conflict

Published on: November 21, 2012 11:49 AM
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Palestinian demonstrators run for cover during clashes in a protest against Israel's operations in the Gaza Strip, at Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus, the West Bank, 21 November 2012. According to Palestinian sources, 24 Palestinians were injured during the clashes.  EPA/ALAA BADARNEHPalestinian demonstrators run for cover during clashes in a protest against Israel's operations in the Gaza Strip, at Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus, the West Bank, 21 November 2012. According to Palestinian sources, 24 Palestinians were injured during the clashes.  EPA/ALAA BADARNEH

Ramallah - Small clashes broke out between Palestinians and the Israeli army in multiple locations across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday in protests over the on-going 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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Israel’s military 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.

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.

The West Bank and Gaza Strip are divided both geographically and politically. Gaza is run by Islamist group Hamas, while the West Bank is governed by the U.S.-backed Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.

However, analysts say Hamas’s popularity has risen as a result of its fight with Israel, while Abbas’s has been dealt a blow.

A Palestinian demonstrator lights a tire during clashes in a protest against Israel's operations in the Gaza Strip, at Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus, the West Bank, 21 November 2012. According to Palestinian sources, 24 Palestinians were injured during the clashes. (Credit: EPA)A Palestinian demonstrator lights a tire during clashes in a protest against Israel’s operations in the Gaza Strip, at Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus, the West Bank, 21 November 2012. According to Palestinian sources, 24 Palestinians were injured during the clashes. (Credit: EPA)
Palestinian supporters of the Islamist movement Hamas wave their flag and a pre-Baath Syrian flag, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron, 21 November  2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants on  21 November renewed their rocket fire on Israel as Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)Palestinian supporters of the Islamist movement Hamas wave their flag and a pre-Baath Syrian flag, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants on 21 November renewed their rocket fire on Israel as Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)
Palestinian supporters of the Islamist movement Hamas burn a replica of the Israeli flag during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron, 21 November  2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants on  21 November renewed their rocket fire on Israel as Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)Palestinian supporters of the Islamist movement Hamas burn a replica of the Israeli flag during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants on 21 November renewed their rocket fire on Israel as Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)
Palestinians protest by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and security forces, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)Palestinians protest by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and security forces, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas at Palestinian stone throwers to show solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas at Palestinian stone throwers to show solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)
Palestinians protest by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and security forces, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)Palestinians protest by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and security forces, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)
Palestinians protest by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and security forces, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)Palestinians protest by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and security forces, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)
Palestinians protest by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and security forces, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)Palestinians protest by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and security forces, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)
Palestinians protest by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and security forces, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)Palestinians protest by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and security forces, in Hebron, the West Bank, 21 November 2012, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants renewed their rocket fire on Israel 21 November and Israel continued pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, as agreement on a hoped-for truce remained elusive. The Israeli military said it bombed around 100 targets in the Strip overnight, including 50 underground rocket launchers. (Credit: EPA)

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM Wannabe Says:

There will never be peace with these savages.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Mostly kids not working and being given money to demostrate

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 01:20 PM Yawvous Says:

Disgusting. The Israeli leaders just don't learn their lesson. You can't ask a horse-"Pretty please, please pull the wagon." You gotta give him the crack of the whip because that's the language he comprehends. And just like an electrician cannot leave loose wires untied, Netanyahu shouldn't have left the situation before it was totally taken care of. How sad.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

True colors! Even in their own daled ames, amongst their own they have no respect for life

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM UriLevi Says:

"Pereh Adam"

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