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Violence Erupts In West Bank After Bloody Protest


What started as a peaceful protest in the West Bank in support of the Palestinians turned bloody after the Israeli military attacked the demonstrators, killing two and injuring several others, a Palestinian official said.

Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti said more than 15,000 people marched to express their support for Hamas militants–the biggest mobilization in years–when the Israeli military opened fire on the demonstrators, CNN reported. According to Ramallah’s health minister, more than 185 Palestinians were wounded and treated in the hospitals.

This came hours after a school used as a UN shelter in Gaza was shelled by Israeli tanks, killing 16 people and wounding many more, most of them children.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who is in Qatar to push for a truce and negotiations, condemned the escalating violence and urged all parties involved to stop the conflict.

[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Ban Ki-Moon” author_title=”UN Secretary General”]

This is wrong. I am telling to the parties—both Israelis and Hamas, Palestinians—that it is morally wrong to kill your own people. The whole world has been watching, is watching with great concern. You must stop fighting and enter into dialogue.


US Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, proposed a week-long ceasefire, part of a two-stage plan to stop the fighting in the Palestinian territories, The New York Times reported.

According to an official privy to the details of the negotiations, once the truce takes effect, Israel and Palestine, along with other interested nations, would then negotiate on political, economic and security concerns concerning Gaza.

Khaled Meshal, political leader of Hamas, on Wednesday called for a humanitarian truce to allow relief aid to flow into the territory. He also proposed that the seven-day ceasefire should coincide with Eid’al Fitr, the end of Ramadan, next week.

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