Israeli Soldiers, Palestinians Clash in Hebron

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Israeli soldiers and Palestinians clashed Friday in the West Bank city of Hebron during protests marking the 20th anniversary of the 1994 attack in which a settler shot and killed 29 Muslim worshippers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Palestinians reported between 15 to 20 protesters were wounded in the clashes and ten arrested. The Israeli army reported five Palestinians were wounded.

Hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators protested the closure of the Shuhada street, a shopping street that runs along Jewish settler compounds. The military closed the street, citing security reasons, after the 1994 massacre.

Palestinians say the central street's closure is disruptive and helps cement Israeli control over the area.

Tensions run high in Hebron where about 500 Israelis live amid 170,000 Palestinians.

Palestinian protesters confront an Israeli soldier during clashes at a demonstration against the closure of Shuhada street to Palestinians, Hebron, February 21, 2014. Credit: Reuters
Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester during clashes at a demonstration against the closure of Shuhada street to Palestinians, Hebron, February 21, 2014.Credit: Reuters

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