Situation in the West Bank calmer, but tensions remain

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Situation in the West Bank calmer, but tensions remain

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Although the situation in the West Bank seemed quieter on Friday, some clashes still continued between a group of Palestinian youths and the Israeli army.

Our correspondent was on the ground in Ramallah, the administrative capital of the Palestinian territories:

“Sporadic and limited clashes in some parts of the West Bank dominate the situation here,” he reported. “This seems to indicate calm is still far from being achieved.”

The funeral of murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir meant travel in and around Jerusalem was restricted, further heightening tensions.

“We ask all Palestinians to stand up and take revenge against Israel,” said one man. “We have strong resistance forces such as Hamas and the Islamic Jihad – they will keep fire.”

Another man spoke of the tight security in place around the city.

“It’s a real shame for all the Arab nations,” he said. “There are many Israeli checkpoints on the way in to Jerusalem. Tight checks are in place.”

The Qalandia checkpoint separates the West Bank from Jerusalem.

While we were filming, the Israeli army started to remove some of the concrete blockades from the border to allow Palestinians through to Ramallah; perhaps signalling a gradual return to calm.