Amid rising tensions in recent weeks, Palestinian youths burn tires, throw rocks at Israeli soldiers at the West Bank checkpoint of Qalandia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Violence intensified in the occupied West Bank checkpoint of Qalandia on Tuesday, raising further concerns of a wider escalation. Four Israelis have been killed and three wounded since Thursday in two stabbings and a drive-by shooting blamed on Palestinian militants. Police shot dead two of the assailants. Two Palestinians, one of them a teen, have been killed and about 170 injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank since Sunday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called security officials to a meeting late on Monday. Netanyahu, facing pressure from within his right-wing government and from Jewish settler leaders, announced a series of measures on Monday to curb the violence. Recent tensions have been inflamed in particular by frequent clashes between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli security forces at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest shrine. Palestinians fear increasing visits by Jewish groups to al-Aqsa, revered by Jews as the site of biblical temples, are eroding Muslim religious control there.