JERUSALEM — Israeli troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets at rock-throwing Palestinian rioters in the occupied territories Wednesday, and the army clamped curfews on several cities and refugee camps to quell the protests.
An Arab demonstrator who stabbed an Israeli soldier was shot and wounded, and U.N. officials said four Palestinians were hurt in clashes with soldiers.
The violence stymied Israeli efforts to restore calm and defuse international criticism of its handling of the monthlong rioting in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin said 1,978 Palestinians have been arrested in the last month. Of those, 908 have been released, 300 tried and sentenced, six acquitted and the rest are awaiting trial, he said.