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Dec 11, 2014

Large crowds turn out for Palestinian minister’s funeral

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners turned out on Thursday for a Palestinian state funeral for a minister who died after being grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a West Bank protest, an incident that has raised tensions with Israel.

To the sounds of drums and bagpipes, Ziad Abu Ein’s Palestinian flag-draped coffin was carried by pallbearers in military uniform along a red carpet at the presidential compound in the city of Ramallah.

Nov 17, 2014

Palestinian driver found hanged in Jerusalem bus

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged inside his vehicle on Monday, an incident Israeli police described as a suicide but which the driver’s family said they believed was an attack.

The driver, 32-year-old Youssef al-Ramouni, was found dead at the start of the route he was supposed to have driven late on Sunday, in an area of Jerusalem close to Jewish settlements and Palestinian neighborhoods.

Sep 23, 2014

Israel says its troops kill Hamas men accused of slaying teens

HEBRON West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday and the military said they were members of Hamas responsible for the killing of three Israeli youths in June, an attack that led to the Gaza war.

Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, both in their 30s, were shot dead during a gun battle after Israeli troops surrounded a house in the city before dawn, the army and residents said. Israel had been hunting the men for three months.

Sep 18, 2014

Jailed Fatah leader lauds Gaza ‘victory’, urges confrontation with Israel

RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) – The Gaza war was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel’s occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, says Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison for multiple deadly attacks.

In answers to questions submitted by Reuters via the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Barghouti urged more confrontation to combat Israel’s 47-year occupation of Palestinian territory, setting out a strategy sharply at odds with the more cautious approach advocated by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Jul 27, 2014

West Bank glows with anger over Gaza destruction

RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) – While the Gaza Strip burns, the occupied West Bank is smoldering, with violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces raising the specter of a new popular uprising after years of relative calm.

In just a three-day period late last week, 10 Palestinians died and some 600 wounded during a spate of angry protests against the prolonged military offensive in nearby Gaza.

Jul 5, 2014

Violent protests spread to Israel after burial of Palestinian teen

RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) – Violent protests sparked by the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teenager spread to Arab villages in Israel on Saturday, presenting a new challenge to the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel has stayed silent on the investigation into the death of an East Jerusalem youth who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews, but the Palestinian attorney-general was reported as saying he had been burned alive.

Jul 5, 2014

East Jerusalem youth was burned alive, Palestinian official quoted as saying

RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) – Initial autopsy findings from the body of an East Jerusalem youth who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews showed that he was burned alive, the Palestinian attorney-general is reported as saying.

“The direct cause of death was burns as a result of fire and it’s complications,” Mohammed Al-A’wewy was quoted as saying

Jul 4, 2014

Palestinian fury at Israel boils in funeral for slain youth

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Chanting “Intifada, Intifada”, thousands of furious Palestinians called for a new uprising against Israel during the funeral on Friday of a teen they believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews.

Stones thrown at Israeli police were met by teargas, stun grenades and rubber bullets in one of the most highly charged displays of enmity in Jerusalem in years as the body of Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, was carried through his neighborhood under a sweltering sun.

Jul 1, 2014

Palestinians furious as Israel resumes punitive demolitions

HEBRON (Reuters) – Israel has revived a long-lapsed policy of destroying suspected militants’ homes after the dead bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing since June were found on Monday.

The army reverted to the practice to punish Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aysha, two fugitives it accuses of killing the Israeli teens who went missing while hitchhiking on June 12.

Jun 30, 2014

Israel finds bodies of three missing teenagers in West Bank

HEBRON West Bank (Reuters) – The bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the occupied West Bank, and Israel vowed to punish Hamas, the Palestinian group it accuses of abducting and killing them.

“They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by beasts,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement after the military discovered on Monday the remains of the Jewish seminary students who disappeared on June 12.