Clashes Erupt in West Bank despite Ceasefire Deal
Clashes broke out between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli forces in isolated parts of the West Bank on Monday although most of the region was calm after five days of bloody fighting.
The Israeli army said it was pulling back reinforcements sent in to flashpoint areas in the Palestinian territories after an agreement between the two sides for a ceasefire.
However, in the divided West Bank town of Hebron, witnesses said eight youths were injured by rubber bullets when Israeli forces fired on dozens of demonstrators throwing stones and burning tyres.
In Bethlehem, Israeli soldiers opened fire as around 200 Palestinian demonstrators hurled stones at an army checkpoint at Rachel's Tomb, an Israel-controlled enclave, witnesses said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Witnesses said the situation was also tense in the northern West Bank town of Nablus where the funeral of a teenager killed after being shot in the eye during clashes near Joseph's Tomb was due to take place later Monday.
The army said earlier there had also been minor incidents of stone-throwing near Jerusalem. Israeli border guards responded with rubber bullets - HEBRON (AFP)
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