Palestine: No Peace Talks After Fatal West Bank Clash

Israeli soldiers killed 3 Palestinians outside Jerusalem

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 26, 2013 7:07 AM CDT | Updated Aug 26, 2013 7:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Palestinian official says planned peace talks with the Israelis scheduled for today have been called off following a deadly clash in the West Bank, in which Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians during clashes outside Jerusalem. The official says the Palestinians decided to postpone today's meeting to protest the killings. He says the Palestinians are also upset about an Israeli announcement yesterday pushing forward with new settlement construction in east Jerusalem. It was not immediately known when peace talks would resume.

The clashes occurred during an arrest raid in the West Bank, a Palestinian official and the Israeli military said, in the deadliest incident in the area in years. An official at a Ramallah hospital said the three died from gunshot wounds sustained in the nearby Qalandia refugee camp. More than a dozen others were wounded, he said. An Israeli border police spokesman said officers were on a raid to apprehend a suspect when hundreds of Palestinians poured into the streets and hurled firebombs, concrete blocks, and rocks at them. He said officers used riot control munitions, a term that usually refers to rubber bullets and tear gas, and that police are investigating. The Israeli military said soldiers rushed to the scene after a different force came under attack, and that soldiers opened fire after they felt their lives were in "imminent danger."

Palestinian mourners react while carrying the body of slain Palestinian Jihad Aslan, 19 toward the morgue of the main hospital at the West Bank town of Ramallah, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
39%
6%
37%
4%
6%
8%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!