Israeli troops fight Jewish settlers in Hebron

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) -- Rioting by Jewish settlers is spreading in the West Bank after Israeli soldiers forcibly removed about 250 extremists from a disputed house in the center of the West Bank city of Hebron.

The riots erupted Thursday after Israeli troops hurled tear gas and stun grenades to repel settlers pelting them with rocks, eggs and chemicals as they hauled the hard-liners out of the Hebron house.

Violence quickly spread to other parts of the West Bank. Settlers set fires around two Palestinian homes, and Palestinians reported one person injured by settler gunfire.

Right-wing activists also blocked the main road to Jerusalem, and scuffled with police who tried to disperse them. The army declared the entire Hebron region a "closed military zone," barring nonresidents.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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