- Title: WEST BANK: Clashes erupt in West Bank during Israeli army raids
- Date: 22nd June 2014
- Summary: AMBULANCE DRIVING AWAY
- Embargoed: 7th July 2014 13:00
- Location: West bank
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Crime,Conflict,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA979MZSX0GB88UYSIO1F3CRDFN
- Story Text: Palestinians clash with Israeli army in the de-facto Palestinian capital
Israel expanded a crackdown in the West Bank on Sunday (June 22), as Israel continued its crackdown on Islamist group Hamas, blamed for abducting three Israeli youths.
In Ramallah, the de-facto Palestinian capital, one found dead on roof of building in the city centre, following street confrontations with Israeli soldiers, witnesses said.
Palestinian witnesses said that the man was killed due to live bullet fired by Israeli army. Israeli army had no immediate confirmation.
"I went up to the building I found him dead," a witness said.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the kidnapping but has also said the Israeli military sweep amounts to collective punishment.
Israel has said its West Bank operation is to find Gil-Ad Shaer and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both aged 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who went missing near an Israeli settlement on June 13, and to deal a substantial blow to Hamas.
The military says it has searched some 1,350 sites in the West Bank and detained more than 330 Palestinians. The raids have triggered street clashes in which three Palestinians have been killed.
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