Israeli troops were back on the streets of towns in the occupied West Bank of the Jordan on Wednesday (4 May) to disperse demonstrating Arab students.
Israeli troops were back on the streets of towns in the occupied West Bank of the Jordan on Wednesday (4 May) to disperse demonstrating Arab students. The violence follows the deaths of an Arab woman and teenager who were shot by Israeli troops during earlier clashes.
SYNOPSIS: Some of the worst clashes between Israeli security forces and Arab youths was in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The youths set up roadblocks and then stoned border police units as they arrived. Troops fired warning shots in the air. No one was injured but Arab municipal sources said dozens of arrests were made. Most schools and many shops were shut in sympathy with the demonstrators. The violence is only the latest in a whole series of clashes between the Arab population of the West Bank and Israeli security forces.
The two deaths in the earlier violence were in the town of Qabatiya, when a group of youths attacked a passing Israeli army lorry and troops opened fire.
Israeli forces were also called to the normally quiet Jenin area. Arab sources say the trouble began when local residents said they learned that ultra-nationalist Israeli movements were planning to set up a Jewish settlement nearby. But as evening came, Israeli security forces said that the situation had calmed slightly.