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Palestinians Clash With Israelis

May 13, 1999

SHIYOUKH, West Bank (AP) _ Eleven Palestinian youths were injured today in clashes with Israeli soldiers over the building of an industrial park near a Jewish settlement.

Demonstrators carrying Palestinian flags chanted ``We will die on our land″ as Israeli soldiers chased rock-throwing youths into a nearby valley.

Israeli troops tossed stun bombs at the youths, causing metal shrapnel to ricochet and injure three youths. Another seven were wounded by rubber bullets and one sustained a leg injury from a live bullet, said Dr. Nasser Zaatari of Alia hospital in nearby Hebron.

Troops also fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators. An elderly woman fainted during scuffles between the army and the protesters.

Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli Civil Administration, said an Israeli soldier was lightly injured during the clashes.

The industrial park is to serve Kiryat Arba, a satellite of Hebron. Bulldozers began leveling the ground after the clashes.

In the northern West Bank, youths threw stones at Israeli workers laying down infrastructure for a new settlement, army radio said. There were no injuries.

Palestinians accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government of scrambling to settle the West Bank before Monday’s election, which he may lose.

Earlier today, the Israeli army demolished four Palestinian homes in the village of Yata, near Hebron, saying they were built without a permit.

Halimeh Salam, cradling her baby son, sat atop the rubble of her home and swore she would rebuild it.

Daoud Hassan, whose home was demolished for the second time, waved his hands in the air screaming ``God is great!″

Palestinians say house demolitions undermine the peace process. They say Israel uses bureaucratic obstacles to prevent Palestinians from getting legal permits.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in the disputed West Bank.

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