July 12, 1997 |
Palestinians tossed a pipe bomb into a Hebron school that Israeli soldiers had seized, and troops fired volleys of rubber bullets at the rioters, targeting even those evacuating the wounded. Twenty Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets during several hours of street clashes. Two soldiers were injured by rocks. Clashes have erupted daily in Hebron since last week, after a Jewish extremist hung posters depicting the prophet Muhammad as a pig.
July 3, 1997 |
As violence flared anew in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggled to resolve his coalition troubles, and opposition lawmakers accused the government of dangerous inattention to the escalating peace crisis. "A war is being waged in Hebron, and they're bickering," fumed legislator Uzi Baram of the opposition Labor Party, referring to days of clashes in the West Bank city. "It's a mockery."
July 2, 1997 |
Palestinian rioters threw Molotov cocktails, rocks and other projectiles at Israeli troops here Tuesday, injuring two soldiers, one seriously, when a hurled pipe bomb exploded at their feet. Medics at a makeshift field hospital on the Palestinian side of the confrontation line treated about 30 young men and boys for injuries, mostly minor, from rubber-coated steel bullets. One youth was hit in the head.
June 29, 1997 |
Israeli soldiers shot and wounded at least two Palestinians in clashes in the divided West Bank city, witnesses said. Dozens of protesters took to the streets after Palestinian shopkeepers found posters depicting the prophet Muhammad as a pig stamping on the Islamic holy book, the Koran, on about 20 storefronts near a Jewish settlement enclave. Islam and Judaism view pigs as unclean and ban the eating of pork. Israeli police said a 25-year-old Jewish woman from Jerusalem had put up the posters.
June 28, 1997 |
Palestinian rioters fought Israeli soldiers as clashes resumed in the divided West Bank city of Hebron after a week of tense quiet. Protesters burned Israeli flags, hurled bottles filled with acid and rolled burning tires toward soldiers who responded by firing rubber bullets, wounding seven demonstrators. One Israeli soldier was slightly injured by stones.
June 22, 1997 |
Israeli troops firing rubber bullets wounded 24 Palestinian demonstrators armed with stones and firebombs as unrest flared again in Hebron and erupted as well in Nablus, witnesses and hospital sources said. The Hebron unrest was renewed when dozens of Palestinians charged at Israeli troops on the dividing line between Israeli- and Palestinian-run sectors. Violence has erupted every day for a week in the divided city that is home to 100,000 Palestinians and 450 Jewish settlers.
June 17, 1997 |
Israeli soldiers shot and wounded at least 38 Palestinians in the third day of clashes with stone-throwing Arabs in the divided West Bank city of Hebron, witnesses and hospital officials said. In the Gaza Strip, Jewish settlers shot and wounded one Palestinian youth and fired at least three bullets at journalists during a clash over land that Arabs said was recently fenced off and annexed to the Gush Qatif Jewish settlement.
June 16, 1997 |
Fifteen Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers were wounded Sunday in clashes between troops and stone-throwing Arab demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron, witnesses and hospital officials said. The clashes broke out for the second straight day on the border between Palestinian-controlled parts of Hebron and Israeli-guarded Jewish enclaves in the center of the city, where about 450 Jewish settlers live. Four Palestinians were arrested.
June 15, 1997 |
In the fiercest clashes in the West Bank in weeks, hundreds of Palestinians threw stones and firebombs Saturday at Israeli troops, who responded with rubber bullets. Thirty-two Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were hurt. The rioters said they were angered by a U.S. congressional resolution recognizing disputed Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The violence also came after the apparent failure of Egypt's latest attempt to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
June 13, 1997 |
Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops and Jewish settlers Thursday in the Gaza Strip. Five Palestinians were wounded by gunfire, and an elderly man died of a heart attack after inhaling tear gas. The violence erupted while Egyptian envoy Osama Baz shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, trying to break a three-month freeze in peace talks between the sides.