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Police and protesters clash in West Bank

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Police and protesters clash in West Bank


Israeli troops have fired teargas at stone-throwing youths during a protest to mark five years of weekly demonstrations against the separation barrier in the village of Benin in the West Bank.

Palestinians say the barrier is designed to annex more of their land – undermining the viability of a promised state. The Israelis say it keeps terrorists out.

The network of concrete walls, fences and barbed wire has grown into a potent symbol of perceived Israeli injustice. International activists visit regularly to demonstrate their commitment to the Palestinian cause.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Geneva’s Mayor Remy Pegani were among the estimated 2,000 participants in the protest.

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