Dozens of Jewish Settlers Take Over Buildings in West Bank

b89a22315e0baf090b0f6a706700b28f JERUSALEM — Israeli officials say dozens of Jewish settlers have taken over a number of Palestinian buildings in the heart of the West Bank city of Hebron. Police said about 100 settlers entered three "empty stores." Zeev Elkin, a pro-settler lawmaker from the ruling Likud party, said in a statement the settlers entered houses that were bought legally. He praised them for "expanding the Jewish presence" in the city. The military said clashes broke out when the settlers arrived to the area Thursday. Hebron is a frequent flashpoint for violence. Some 850 Israeli settlers live in heavily-guarded enclaves surrounded by tens of thousands of Palestinians. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. Israel says it has revoked the residency rights of four Palestinians said to have carried out deadly attacks against Israelis. Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Thursday the Palestinians were behind two fatal attacks in Jerusalem last year. In one attack, an Israeli was killed after Palestinians threw rocks at his car. The second attack on a bus killed three Israelis. This is the first time Israel has revoked an attacker's residency since the start of a four month-long outburst of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 war and then annexed it. Jerusalem's Palestinians largely have not sought Israeli citizenship, and instead hold residency status. As residents, they can work and move freely inside Israel and gain access to Israeli health care and social services. Source