Palestinians demanding the return of bodies held by Israel were sent running on Tuesday, as Israeli soldiers broke up their protest with stun grenades and tear gas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Stun grenades and tear scatter Palestinian protesters
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STORY: Clashes erupted on the streets of Hebron in the West Bank on Tuesday, as Israeli forces dispersed a Palestinian protest.
The Palestinians were demanding the return of bodies held by Israel, when troops entered the area.
Palestinian sources say the Israeli army and police are holding the bodies of 11 Palestinians from the Hebron district. Israel in the past, has delayed the return of bodies, a policy believed to be aimed at curbing the glorification of attackers and preventing incitement at mass funerals.
The ongoing violence, which in recent days has become more sporadic, has in part been triggered by Palestinian anger over what they see as Jewish encroachment on the al-Aqsa compound, Islam’s third holiest site which is also revered by Jews.
Since October 1, at least 56 Palestinians, 29 of whom Israel says were armed attackers, have been shot and killed by Israelis at the scene of attacks or during protests in the West Bank and Gaza. 11 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian stabbings or shootings.