RAMALLAH, West Bank - In Gaza, the Palestinian death toll has neared 800. The Palestinians in the West Bank rioted, throwing rocks and firebombs at the Israeli military. Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian protester and wounded about 200 on Thursday evening. Several thousand people demonstrated in the occupied West Bank against a 17-day-old Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said. Israel Web Sites said the protest appeared to be the largest since the end of a 2000-2005 Palestinian uprising.
The protest erupted after allies of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement marched from the West Bank city of Ramallah to the edges of Jerusalem in protest against Israel's war against Hamas militants in Gaza. The Israeli military confirmed troops had "used live ammunition" against protesters who blocked a road with burning tires. Israeli troops have killed two other Palestinians this week in smaller confrontations in the West Bank, territory Israel captured along with Gaza in a 1967 war. Police also confronted Palestinian protesters in and near the old walled city, including outside a flash point holy site revered by Muslims and Jews. The Israeli army acts with impunity in the region.
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