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Israel reinforcing troops in West Bank ahead of expected protests
12 : 49 PM - 12/05/2011
Occupied Jerusalem, May. 12 (BNA) -- The Israeli army has begun reinforcing its troops in the West Bank ahead of demonstrations Israel fears will break out on May 15, the anniversary of Israel's founding, Isreali newspapers reported today.

According to the report in the Israeli daily, Israel Defence Force (IDF) Chief of Staff Benny Ganz met with brigade commanders in the West Bank Wednesday to review preparation for the expected protests.

Lieutenant General Ganz said that, while assessments were that the protests of the Naqba 63rd anniversary which Palestinians refer to as the (disaster) would not escalate into extreme violence, it was necessary to prepare for worst-case scenarios and the possibility that the demonstrations could turn violent.


BNA 0838 GMT 2011/05/12

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