World Digest: Violence erupts at contested holy sites in Jerusalem, Hebron

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Violence erupts at contested holy sites

Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian stone-throwers at two contested holy sites and in a West Bank village Friday, seriously injuring two Palestinians, officials and witnesses said.

In Jerusalem, a Palestinian woman was hospitalized in serious condition after one of the most violent clashes in several years at the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

In the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, a 14-year-old boy was critically wounded by a rubber bullet, medics said. Skirmishes also broke out at a contested holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron, but no serious injuries were reported.

Friday's events were sparked, in part, by rising anger over Israel's decision to add two shrines in the West Bank to its list of national heritage sites. Palestinians perceive it as another sign that Israel wants to hold on to large parts of the territory, one of two that Palestinians want for an eventual state.

In the Gaza Strip, about 4,000 supporters of the Islamist group Hamas called for a new uprising in the West Bank, urging Hamas's rival, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, to "unleash the resistance" over the shrines.

U.S. special envoy George J. Mitchell is due to arrive in the region over the weekend to help launch indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks.

-- Associated Press


2nd hunger striker is administered fluids

A dissident journalist who has gone nine days without eating or drinking said Friday that he is willing to die to call attention to the plight of Cuba's political prisoners.

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