In Jerusalem, Israeli security forces have been battling with rioting students, protesting against the continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
SV Israeli troops behind burning tyres in Jerusalem streets
SV Troops hurling stones at rioters behind fire (2 shots)
SV Troops hurling rocks in street
SV Army officer leads troops into occupied house (2 shots)
SV Israeli troops dousing fire
SV Youths led away by troops (2 shots)
SV PAN Troops guarding Casbah section in Nablus
SV PAN FROM Children playing in Casbah TO troops sitting on truck
SV Troops guarding cordoned off area (2 shots)
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Background: In Jerusalem, Israeli security forces have been battling with rioting students, protesting against the continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
After two weeks of quiet in Jerusalem schoolchildren have been demonstrating again. The police broke up one march but other youngsters then started throwing stones at a police patrol. Inside the city walls, another group set fire to car tyres on Wednesday (21 April). Two policemen and a soldier in a private car were injured by stones and some 15 Arab youths were detained. Foreign tourists have been cleared from parts of the Old City during the rioting.
Also on Wednesday, hundreds of Israeli troops surrounded the Nablus Casbah in the West Bank and sealed off the area. Army welders erected 10 iron gates to seal off the notorious trouble spot. The gates, it is intended, will enable greater troop control of the Casbah which is a refuge for Arab guerrillas, fugitive Communists and riot leaders. A man was shot dead on Monday (19 April) when Israeli troops were stoned in the narrow alleyways of the Casbah market place.
Further disturbances were reported in the West Bank town of Tulkarem A curfew was imposed there on Wednesday (21 April) following demonstrations.
After two months of demonstrations earlier this year, the West Bank calmed down during local elections which brought new radical and nationalist mayors to power.
The renewed unrest has been attributed partly to a two-day march through the West Bank last week by tens of thousands of extreme nationalist Israelis.
Despite the new wave of Arab rioting, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin apparently intends to take a tough line on Israeli settlement in the occupied area. With Israeli troops now strongly reinforced throughout the mountainous territory captured from Jordan during the 1967 war, Mr. Rabin has told settlers in the Jordan valley they are there to stay for a long time.