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Anti-cartoon protestors force West Bank peace observers to flee

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Anti-cartoon protestors force West Bank peace observers to flee


International observers based in Hebron in the West Bank have decided to leave the area for their own safety, after protesters attacked their mission compound. About 300 Palestinians threw stones, broke windows and tried to set fire to the offices of the “Temporary International Presence in Hebron” in protest at publication of cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammad in some European media. Palestinian police eventually regained control, arresting several demonstrators. The TIPH mission comprises about 60 observers from Scandinavian and other European countries. They act as a buffer between Israeli settlers and Palestinians in Hebron. A spokesman for the TIPH said the move was temporary and they planned to return.

Meanwhile members of Bosnia’s Muslim community staged a peaceful march in Sarajevo against what they see as provocation by a Croatian magazine which published the controversial cartoons. Croatian diplomats asked Bosnian authorities for increased protection at their missions in the country.The crowd voiced protests outside the Danish, Norwegian and French embassies. In Afghanistan, three people were killed and several were wounded when police opened fire in clashes with people protesting against the caricatures. Some of the demonstrators at Qalat in the south of the country tried to approach a nearby US army base. The country’s top religious council has now called for an end to the demonstrations.
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