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Israeli forces disperse protest against reckless driving with tear gas

Jan. 11, 2014 10:54 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 12, 2014 6:24 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces dispersed a Palestinian demonstration against reckless driving by firing tear gas canisters at protesters south of Nablus on Saturday.

Local residents blocked a road in the town of Huwwara in the Northern West Bank as part of a demonstration against speeding drivers on the road, a major north-south thoroughfare used by Israeli settlers and local Palestinian residents.

The protest came in response to several incidents in which drivers hit and killed pedestrians on the road, including the most recent in which two children were killed by a speeding driver.

Israeli soldiers came to the scene of the protest and began launching tear gas canisters at the crowd in order to disperse them and open the road to vehicular traffic.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that 200 Palestinians had gathered in the area and blocked the road, and as a result Israeli forces had used "riot dispersal means" against them.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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