Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces in Bethlehem

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Clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters demanding the return of the bodies of slain Palestinians to their families, and Israeli security forces at the northern security checkpoint in Bethlehem on Sunday. The protesters marched to the checkpoint carrying mock coffins covered with Palestinian flags. Some of the protesters threw stones towards the gate with Israeli forces fired teargas in response.

Some human rights groups condemned Israel’s practice of withholding bodies as “a severe violation of international humanitarian law.”