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Sporadic Violence on West Bank

Sporadic violence continued on the West Bank today in the aftermath of the events in Hebron. A curfew imposed on Nablus yesterday was lifted this morning only to be followed by a new round of disturbances by Arab students who poured out of their classrooms to clash with border police. The latter fired tear gas bombs, forcing a mob of some 200 youngsters to retreat into the narrow alleys of the old town.

Similar demonstrations occurred in Tulkarem today where firemen were occupied extinguishing blazing piles of rubber tires while dodging stones hurled by Arab youths. Trouble also broke out anew in Jenin where the local notables said they were powerless to restore order as long as the volatile situation remained in Hebron. A wave of demonstrations, tire-burning and road barricades also took place in Ramallah and in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

The events in Hebron brought the major West Bank towns to a standstill Sunday. Schools and shops were closed and youths ranged through the streets stoning Israeli soldiers and hurling rocks at any passing vehicle. Three Israeli drivers were injured in Nablus, one of them seriously. The incidents continued yesterday, ending only after a curfew was imposed. At the Balata refugee camp. Israeli border police found themselves surrounded by hundreds of Arab youths who reportedly advanced on them with stones and iron bars. The police fired a number of shots. Three Arab youths were wounded.

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