Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clash at protest

A group of Palestinians have held a protest against Israeli air strikes in Gaza at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester argues with an Israeli soldier during a protest against at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus
A Palestinian protester argues with an Israeli soldier during a protest against at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus Credit: Reuters

Protesters held up placards showing images of the children hurt in the airstrikes, which are said to have now claimed the lives of 172 people in Gaza.

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Israeli soldiers scuffle with a Palestinian protester during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip.
Israeli soldiers scuffle with a Palestinian protester during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip. Credit: Reuters

Scuffles broke out as armed Israeli soldiers formed a line in front of the protesters.

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Palestinian protesters argue with Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip.
Palestinian protesters argue with Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip. Credit: Reuters

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