Life in Hebron: The tale of one city, divided

About 200,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israeli settlers live in the city, which has long been marked by bitter tensions

Hebron, the largest city in the occupied West Bank, has been a flashpoint in the current round of unrest between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces.

The latest disturbances are built on long-simmering tensions in the city, which is marked by stark division between a small contingent of about 1,000 Israeli settlers and Palestinians in a city of about 200,000 people.

The city was the site of the 1994 massacre of 29 people by Israeli far-right nationalist Baruch Goldstein at the Cave of the Patriarchs, a religious site revered by both Jews and Muslims.

In the massacre’s aftermath, the city was divided into two zones, one administered by the Palestinian authority and the other — the site of Hebron’s Old City and once bustling Shuhada street — by Israeli authorities.

Since the latest uptick in Israeli-Palestinian violence in Jerusalem and the wider West Bank — which has seen at least 74 Palestinians and nine Israeli killed in clashes and knife attacks — low-level violence, recriminations and harassment between Palestinians, settlers and Israeli authorities has again returned to the long-contested city.

AJ Plus' Dena Takruri reports from Hebron as clashes erupt.

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