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Israeli border guards pulled from West Bank, sent to quell Acre riots

Oct. 12, 2008 7:32 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 12, 2008 7:32 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Dozens of troops from three special units of the Israeli border police have been transferred to the riot-affected northern Israeli town of Acre from the Ramallah area of the West Bank.

The Hebrew edition of the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot reported on Sunday that the so-called "Arabized" units of the border guards are moving into Acre to help keep the city calm after five days of clashes between Jewish and Arab residents of the town.

The "Arabized" officers are normally tasked with blending in with the Palestinian population.

The rioting began on Wednesday night when Jewish teenagers attacked a Palestinian man who drove through a Jewish neighborhood of the town on the eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar.

The youths stoned the man for reportedly disturbing the peace on an evening designated for fasting and prayer.

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