Clashes erupt in northern West Bank 17Mar10 March 18, 2010

Ma’an News Agency -  17 March 2010


Hundreds of Palestinian students clashed with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning.

Witnesses said violent confrontations were underway at the Beita junction, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

No injuries or detentions were reported in the incident, which erupted at an Israeli military checkpoint.

An Israeli military spokesman said armed forces were using riot-control measures against 100 rioters.

Meanwhile in Hebron, he added, about 20 Palestinians were throwing rocks in Anoun, which is north of the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement.

Palestinian Authority police prevented students from protesting near Beit Jala, apparently in a bid to prevent an escalation of the past 48 hours of violence.

The violence comes a day after confrontations over access to holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem injured dozens of Palestinians and police. Over 91 Palestinians were injured, with 60 detained, officials said.

About 40 sustained wounds from rubber-coated bullets fired by Israeli forces, with seven sustaining injuries to the eye. An international journalist was injured in Eisawiyyah, an East Jerusalem neighborhood.

An Israeli police officer was shot in the hand north of Jerusalem on Tuesday evening, police said. The officer was among 14 officers injured during the confrontations, four with injuries requiring hospitalization.

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