Deadly violence by young Palestinians against Israeli military, civilians sparks fear of third intifada

It is late afternoon in the town of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. The air is thick with the smell of burning tyres and the street full of young Palestinians with kaffiyehs wrapped around their heads.
Kids as young as 12 have been coming here nightly to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at the Israeli soldiers at the end of the road, which are permanently stationed in this town.

If they are lucky, they are tear-gassed. If not, it is live bullets. In the past two weeks, a 13-year-old boy and a 28-year-old man have been shot dead here by Israeli troops.
But they are not intimidated. All this generation has known is years of broken promises and life under Israeli
occupation. Many are jobless and from poverty-stricken families and now it seems they have decided to take matters into their own hands.



By Middle East correspondent www.abc.net.au/news/sophie-mcneill/4516794

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