West Bank Quiet After Day of Violent Protests Against War in Lebanon

Relative quiet was reported on the West Bank today following several violent incidents yesterday in demonstrations against the war in Lebanon.

But one incident occurred today in Dahariya, near Hebron where several persons were injured, some apparently by gunshots. Official sources attributed this to internecine feuding between local clans rather than to political violence. The toll from Sunday’s disturbances were two dead and at least 14 injured. It was not clear how the two fatalities — young men from Nablus — met their deaths. Although there were violent demonstrations in the town and local people claimed the two were shot by Israeli forces army sources said soldiers had not fired into crowds, but only into the air.

The two bodies were delivered anonymously to a local hospital and police were investigating the circumstances of their death.

COMMERCIAL STRIKES

Commercial strikes called by local politicians and radical groups to protest the war in Lebanon were partially observed in East Jerusalem and in several West Bank towns as well as in Gaza.

ISRAEL SETS UP NEW VILLAGE LEAGUE

A violent incident near Ramallah involved the stoning of members of a local Village League who opened fire with Israel-supplied guns on their assailants, six of whom were injured. There, too, there were apparently local internecine undertones to an ostensibly political incident.

Israel, meanwhile, claimed another success in its ongoing efforts to promote Village Leagues throughout the West Bank. A League has been set up in the notoriously radical area of Nablus. The new League is based on the village of Azzirat Al Shmaliya and the Israeli authorities have already announced a grant to it of 1.5 million Shekels for a water development project.

In another West Bank development, police believe they have uncovered a terrorist gang of Bedouins from the area, responsible for the murder Friday of David Rosenfeld, 27 of Tekoah, a recent immigrant from the U.S. who was the father of two children.

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