More trouble on the West Bank.
GV School girls clustered in street in Ramallah, West Bank.
GV Girl students walking along sidewalk. (3 SHOTS)
GV Soldiers on rooftop shooting down on street, PAN TO military truck arriving, soldier jumping out and shooting along street.
GV Soldiers in street.
SV & CU Injured youth lying in street, bleeding from leg wound. (3 SHOTS)
SV Girl student hopping along street with injured leg.
SV Soldiers waving off cameramen.
TRV People walking along pavement.
GV Soldiers in almost empty streets.
In Ramallah on Wednesday (19 November), some demonstrators were arrested after an Israeli truck and a police car were stoned, along with a foreign television crew. In East Jerusalem, young Palestinians were reported to have stoned a car and tipped it over after the driver fled.
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Background: More trouble on the West Bank. Nine Palestinian high school students were wounded on Tuesday (18 November) when Israeli troops fired on them at demonstrations in Ramallah and Bethlehem. Israeli military sources said troops fired at the legs of demonstrators after the students disregarded loud-speaker instructions to disperse, and ignored warnings shots fired into the air.
SYNOPSIS: These schoolgirls were among the demonstrators in Ramallah. They were protesting against the closure by Israeli military authorities the previous week of the Palestinian university of Bir Zeit. The authorities had accused Bir Zeit students of trying to stir up hatred of Israeli rule.
Troops brought into practice the policy of shooting at the legs of Arab demonstrators who fail to disperse under Army orders. Five students here were shot while throwing stones at Israeli vehicles. In Bethlehem, four were hit by bullets, including one youth reported seriously ill with a stomach wound. First hospital reports had said all the injuries were light to moderate.
A United States cameraman at the scene said he saw some fifty schoolgirls throwing rocks at cars, and two soldiers on rooftops and opened fire on them. He saw three girls fall with leg wounds. After this, he added, an Israeli jeep arrived and was pelted with rocks.
A military government spokesman said later the shooting at demonstrators was not new policy; it just hadn't been used for a long time. But there is a new restriction preventing newsmen from reporting such incidents at first hand, or interviewing those involved. It was reported that one of the wounded was miss Haniah Baramki, aged 14, the daughter of the vice-president of Bir Zeit university. The following day (19 November) students demonstrated in Jerusalem and Ramallah against the shooting incidents.