Heated clashes erupt in several West Bank towns 1May11

Intense clashes flared in the West Bank districts of Al-Khalil and Nablus on Sunday morning, but no injuries have been reported.

Locals reported that Jewish settlers seeped into the Iraq and Burin villages southwest of Nablus city in northern West Bank in a bid to provoke and terrorize Palestinian residents.

Clashes broke out after locals addressed the attacks backed by the Israeli army.

The same morning, the Israeli army stormed the Abu Ishnineh district in southern Al-Khalil in search of youths suspected of throwing stones at them.

Locals told PIC correspondent that violent clashes ensued between the soldiers and dozens of youth amid a shower of rubber-coated bullets and gas and stun grenades.

Youth responded with stones and bottles without report of injury.

Earlier on Saturday, heated clashes ignited in the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Jerusalem’s Arab Silwan district.

Locals said youth hurled molotov cocktails on the roof of a Palestinian structure occupied by the Israeli army in order to protect nearby Jewish settlers and their armed militias.

Locals sustained breathing difficulties after the soldiers showered the community with gas grenades in pursuit of the youths.

(australiansforpalestine.com / 01.05.2011)

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