The Israeli army is considering imposing a closed military zone on Hebron after four days of violent clashes between Jewish settlers and soldiers. This would prevent the infiltration of Jewish protesters from around the country to participate in the demonstrations. Even though hundreds of settlers have already hurled stones at Palestinians and burned homes near the Cave of the Patriarchs, Israeli soldiers prevented more than 200 settlers from entering the city’s ancient quarter. Settlers were opposing a pending eviction of eight Jewish families illegally living in the town’s former wholesale market area. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said, "I have ordered the heads of the defense establishment to act firmly. Those who raise their hands against the security forces will be prosecuted in the most severe manner." An officer was lightly wounded in the clashes and evacuated to another base for medical treatment. Photo: Masked Settleryouth on a roof in Hebron.
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