Palestinian security forces in Hebron scuffle with Palestinian youths, attempting to stop the latter from clashing with Israeli riot police and military forces in Bethlehem. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Palestinian youths clashed with Palestinian security forces late on Tuesday (July 22) who were trying to prevent them from getting near Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank town of Hebron, while further exchanges near Bethlehem resulted in the death of at least one man. Palestinian youths in Hebron flocked to the streets to demonstrate in support of residents in Gaza, while in Bethlehem dozens threw stones and molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers who responded with tear gas and skunk. Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip late on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near, as top U.S. and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives. Air carriers in the United States and Europe on Tuesday halted flights to Tel Aviv after warnings from governmental agencies in an effort to ensure passenger safety as turmoil in Israel and the region intensified. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas on Tuesday to pursue a negotiated end to its conflict with Israel after what he said were constructive talks with Egyptian officials about their ceasefire proposal. However, there was no let-up in the fighting around Gaza, with plumes of black smoke spiralling into the sky, and Israeli shells raining down on the coastal Palestinian enclave. More than 600 people have died since Israel launched an offensive on July 8 to halt missile attacks out of the Gaza Strip by Hamas, which has been angered by a crackdown on its supporters in the occupied West Bank and by its suffering economic hardship because of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade.