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West Bank clashes intensify amid Gaza war

Israel’s war on Gaza, with its heavy civilian casualties, is fueling already tense clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.
Israeli soldiers scuffle with Palestinian protesters during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip, at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, July 14, 2014. Palestinian militants resumed rocket attacks on Tel Aviv on Monday after a 24-hour lull in strikes on the Israeli commercial capital, and Israel kept up its air and naval bombardments of the Gaza Strip despite growing international pressure for a ceasefire. Around half a dozen Israelis have been wounded since the start of
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — On the night and early morning of July 11-12, the cities of the West Bank and Arab towns inside the Green Line experienced violent confrontations, including at checkpoints and Israeli military camps, in a scene not seen for several years. The clashes, which resemble those of the intifada in West Bank cities, have accelerated in conjunction with the escalation of the war on Gaza, entering its second week, and the possible war crimes committed against civilians there.

The clashes have been ongoing in Jerusalem and Palestinian cities and towns inside the Green Line since the kidnapping and killing of teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir by three Israelis, two of whom were settlers, on July 2. The confrontations have expanded in scope, diversified and intensified.

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